The Complete Deaths

Live Video

Live shows released on Vimeo On Demand

 

STIFF, COOPED, MOBY DICK and OEDIPUSSY are now available to stream, download, rent or buy on the Vimeo On Demand service.

STIFF (1998)

 

Forbes Murdston enlists the help of a trio of undertakers to create a moving tribute to his dear departed wife.

 

DVD £25 (plus p/p)

 

Video on demand from £4

 

COOPED (2001/2005)

 

Laura du Lay arrives at a remote country house to uncover a tale of murder, love and mistaken identity.

 

DVD £25 (plus p/p)

 

Video on demand from £4

 

MOBY DICK (2009)

 

Spymonkey’s glorious mistelling of Herman Melville’s classic novel.

 

DVD £25 (plus p/p)

 

 

Video on demand from £4

OEDIPUSSY (2012)

 

Greek tragedy as you've never seen it before.

 

DVD £25 (plus p/p)

 

 

 

Video on demand from £4

4-DVD BOX SET

 

All four live DVDs in a special edition box set, 20% off the cover price!

 

£80 plus p/p

Educational

OEDIPUSSY: MAKING PHYSICAL COMEDY WORK

 

A double DVD on the creation of Spymonkey's major work, giving a unique insight into the work of Britain’s foremost physical comedy theatre company and how they created, with Kneehigh artistic director Emma Rice and writer Carl Grose, OEDIPUSSY; their outrageous no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy: a jealous father, a messed-up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy.

 

DISC 1 full 3-camera edit of the live show recorded at Brighton Festival (108 min)

Optional commentary by Spymonkey | Promo trailer 4’27” | Audience voxpops 2’24”

 

DISC 2 OEDIPUSSY IN DEVELOPMENT documentary on creative practice in Oedipussy (60 min):

Starting Points 11’43” | Music & Choreography 9’24” | Creating in Collaboration 7’12” | Writing Tools 15’07” | Killing Your Darlings 14’47” | GLOSSARY 30 min | REHEARSAL PREVIEW by Emma Rice and Spymonkey 2’28”

ADDITIONAL TEACHING RESOURCE PDFs: Teaching Notes | Full performance script | Full colour show programme

4-DVD BOX SET

 

All four live DVDs in a special edition box set, 20% off the cover price!

 

STIFF Recorded at the Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Comedy Festival 2002

68 mins | PAL all-region DVD

 

COOPED Recorded live at Brighton Festival 2006

80 minutes + extra features | PAL all-region DVD

 

MOBY DICK Recorded at the Lyric Hammersmith 2010

97 minutes | PAL all region DVD

 

OEDIPUSSY Recorded live at Brighton Festival 2012.

111 minutes + extra features | PAL all region DVD

 

 

Please note: This DVD is licensed strictly for private viewing only. For institutional, library, university, higher educational, school or college use please contact morag@spymonkey.co.uk to acquire an institutional license at £50+VAT.

£80 + delivery for UK/EU

£66.67 + delivery USA/world

 

4-DVD BOX SET

STIFF

 

Forbes Murdston, the great tragedian, has suffered writer’s block for years. Now at last he has his own personal tragedy to draw upon. Following the tragic loss of his wife, he gathers around him an enthusiastic but totally incompetent troupe of actors to produce a moving tribute to his dear departed love. Mr Keller the embalmer, Alfredo Graves the pallbearer and Mandy Bandy the make-up artist are determined to make a night of it.

 

"You'll weep, but only with laughter" The Guardian

 

“The smartly silly conventions of a superbly skilful cast levitated me into a state of snickering convulsing and literally teary-eyed happiness” The Times

 

Spymonkey’s first ever show, created with writer/director Cal McCrystal in 1998, which launched the company on their journey to international success. It has won awards and delighted audiences all over the world, from Edinburgh to Houston, Calgary to Budapest, Mexico City to Taipei.

 

“Dark, edgy and very funny... Rooted somewhere between Monty Python, the Marx Brothers and Samuel Beckett” The Houston Chronicle

 

Total Theatre Award Winner 2000

 

Houston Press Award 2001

 

More about the show on the STIFF page here

 

Recorded at the Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Comedy Festival 2002

 

68 mins / PAL all-region DVD

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: This DVD is licensed strictly for private viewing only. For institutional, library, university, higher educational, school or college use please contact morag@spymonkey.co.uk to acquire an institutional license at £15+VAT.

Video on Demand

£4 / $5.50 / €5 rental

£10 / $13 / €12 buy

 

 

DVD £25 + delivery for UK/EU

£20.83 + delivery USA/world

STIFF DVD

Video on Demand

£4 / $5.50 / €5 rental

£10 / $13 / €12 buy

 

DVD £25 + delivery for UK/EU

£20.83 + delivery USA/world

COOPED DVD

COOPED

 

'Cooped' has delighted audiences around the world for 14 years, including Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs Montreal, Tipi Berlin and London's West End. Created in 2001 with Cal McCrystal, this is a classic golden must-see for any Spymonkey lovers who have not had a chance to catch it!

 

“Made me laugh so much my throat hurt” ★★★★ The Times

 

Laura du Lay arrives at a remote country house to uncover a tale of murder, love and mistaken identity. Is the handsome Forbes Murdston insane? Is his mysterious manservant Klaus who he says he is? And are Laura’s terrible dreams a warning of further tragedy?

 

“A perfectly paced hybrid of the Pink Panther and Psycho” ★★★★ The Independent

 

In the best tradition of British comedy, from Monty Python to Fawlty Towers, Spymonkey ‘Cooped’ overflows with brilliant characters, visual humour, slapstick comedy, naughtiness and nudity – and features some of the funniest songs and dance routines you will ever see.

 

“One of the funniest pieces of theatre you will ever see” ★★★★★ Time Out

 

More about the show on the COOPED page here

 

Recorded live at the Theatre Royal Brighton as part of Brighton Festival, May 2006.

 

80 minutes + extra features | PAL all-region DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: This DVD is licensed strictly for private viewing only. For institutional, library, university, higher educational, school or college use please contact morag@spymonkey.co.uk to acquire an institutional license at £15+VAT.

Video on Demand

£4 / $5.50 / €5 rental

£10 / $13 / €12 buy

 

£25 + delivery for UK/EU

£20.83 + delivery USA/world

MOBY DICK DVD

MOBY DICK

 

Spymonkey’s glorious mistelling of Herman Melville’s classic novel.

 

“Gloriously anarchic, constantly entertaining” ★★★★

The Times

 

Created in 2009 with Jos Houben and Rob Thirtle, this was Spymonkey's first mid-scale production. The tour included Lyric Hammersmith, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman, Edinburgh Traverse and a 14-city tour of Holland and Belgium in 2011.

 

“The funniest show on any stage in Britain” ★★★★★ Birmingham Post

 

Four actors find themselves trapped in the belly of a literary monster. Will Ahab’s thirst for revenge be unhinged by the well-meaning but staggeringly inept attentions of his crew? Now that he has found true love, is Ishmael still fated to be the sole survivor of the Pequod? Can a mermaid figurehead get pregnant? And what does a cannibal harpoonist from Bavaria eat?

 

“Another fabulous creation” The Stage

 

“Genius“ ★★★★★ Whats On Stage

 

More about the show on the MOBY DICK pages here

 

Filmed at the Lyric Hammersmith 2010

 

97 minutes | PAL all region DVD

 

 

 

'They Don't Have Stairs Where He Comes From'

 

 

 

Audience voxpop at Lyric Hammersmith London

 

Please note: This DVD is licensed strictly for private viewing only. For institutional, library, university, higher educational, school or college use please contact morag@spymonkey.co.uk to acquire an institutional license at £15+VAT.

OEDIPUSSY

 

"JOYFUL" ★★★★ Critics' Choice The Times

 

"GLORIOUS" ★★★★ Critics' Choice London Evening Standard

 

"DELIRIUM" ★★★★ Metro London

 

Taking inspiration from Barbarella, Bowie, and a little bit of Bond, in 2012 Spymonkey created with director Emma Rice (Kneehigh, Brief Encounter) and writer Carl Grose (Kneehigh, RSC) an outrageous no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy. A tale of forbidden lust, accidental incest, violent murder and the ultimate dysfunctional family: a jealous father, a messed-up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy.

 

“FOUR OF THE GREATEST CLOWNS WORKING IN BRITAIN TODAY” Time Out

 

In an attempt to escape their destiny as the creators of some of the funniest, riotously surreal work of the last decade, Spymonkey turn their unique brand of inspired theatrical invention to the greatest of tragic tales, to try to establish a legacy as the greatest tragic geniuses of their generation. Like Oedipus himself, however, they discover that eluding destiny is no mean feat.

 

“JOYOUSLY INVENTIVE RETELLING OF THE OEDIPUS LEGEND” ★★★★ Evening Standard

 

“QUITE RARE, QUITE WONDERFUL”

Libby Purves, Theatrecat.com

 

Recorded live at Brighton Festival at the Theatre Royal Brighton 2012.

 

111 minutes + extra features | PAL all region DVD

 

More about the show on the OEDIPUSSY pages here

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: This DVD is licensed strictly for private viewing only. For institutional, library, university, higher educational, school or college use please contact morag@spymonkey.co.uk to acquire an institutional license at £15+VAT.

Video on Demand

£4 / $5.50 / €5 rental

£10 / $13 / €12 buy

 

 

DVD £25 + delivery for UK/EU

£20.83 + delivery USA/world

OEDIPUSSY DVD

OEDIPUSSY - MAKING PHYSICAL COMEDY WORK

 

 

A double DVD on the creation of Spymonkey's latest major work, giving a unique insight into the work of Britain’s foremost physical comedy theatre company and how they created, with Kneehigh artistic director Emma Rice and writer Carl Grose, OEDIPUSSY; their outrageous no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy: a jealous father, a messed-up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy.

 

 

“Many congratulations on a superb job with the DVD package. It’s really nicely put together, a great resource. Watching you discuss your starting points, music and choreography, collaborative work and so on, with the rehearsal footage and key clips from the live production folded in to the discussion, is revelatory. That is really illuminating stuff, because it enables us to see the context, the process and the finished product in a fairly seamless way. It’s absolutely fascinating.”

Talia Rodgers, Head of Theatre & Performance Studies, Routledge Press

 

 

"JOYFUL" ★★★★ Critics' Choice The Times

 

 

Developed in association with educational media company Pumpkin Interactive, and created specifically with practitioners and academic study in mind - GCSE, A-level, performing arts colleges, university and postgraduate students, or indeed anyone interested in gaining an insight into the devising process of the UK's leading physical comedy theatre company.

 

 

"GLORIOUS" ★★★★ Critics' Choice London Evening Standard

 

"I love Spymonkey for the brilliance and precision of their clowning and the ripple of pure intelligence beneath the anarchic surface...Quite rare, quite wonderful, not to be missed.”

Libby Purves, BBC R4 Midweek / theatrecat.com

 

 

Includes interviews with Spymonkey artistic directors Aitor Basauri, Petra Massey and Toby Park as they lead the viewer through their unique collaborative creative process, from he first glimmers of inspiration to final performance and beyond: the influences on their work, the creative roles of director, writer and designer, and how they turned Sophocles’ most famous tragedy into a Bowiesque space ballad, an award-winning theatrical tour-de-force.

 

 

"DELIRIUM" ★★★★ Metro London

 

 

PAL all-region DVD

 

DISC 1

OEDIPUSSY full 3-camera version recorded at Brighton Festival (108 min)

 

Optional commentary by Spymonkey | Promo trailer 4’27” | Audience voxpops 2’24”

 

DISC 2

OEDIPUSSY IN DEVELOPMENT documentary on creative practice in Oedipussy (60 min):

 

Starting Points 11’43” | Music & Choreography 9’24” | Creating in Collaboration 7’12” | Writing Tools 15’07” | Killing Your Darlings 14’47”

 

GLOSSARY 30 min | REHEARSAL PREVIEW by Emma Rice and Spymonkey 2’28”

 

ADDITIONAL TEACHING RESOURCE PDFs: Teaching Notes | Full performance script | Full colour show programme

 

 

Cost (includes full HE/FE/schools educational license)

£75 + VAT + postage & packing

OEDIPUSSY MAKING PHYSICAL COMEDY WORK

 

Chris Riddell & Spymonkey's

GREAT SHAKESPEAREAN DEATHS

CARD-GAYME

 

£12 plus p/p

 

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and in conjunction with our latest touring show 'The Complete Deaths', Spymonkey have collaborated with illustrator, author, Children’s Laureate and all-round genius Chris Riddell, and our director Tim Crouch, to devise THE GREAT SHAKESPEAREAN DEATHS CARD-GAYME.

 

From Clarence, drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine, to Cleopatra and her asps, from Julius Caesar and the Ides of March to the black ill-favoured fly in Titus Andronicus, from the woefully tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet to the lamentable (but frankly pretty amusing) demise of Pyramus & Thisbe. And then there’s the pie that Titus bakes his guests…

 

Who had the greatest last words (and what were they?) Who enjoyed the slowest, most tedious death? Who had it coming more than anyone else? What was the most piteous death? Who just lay down in a ditch and died of shame? You will discover all this and more when you play THE GREAT SHAKESPEAREAN DEATHS CARD-GAYME.

 

THE IDEAL GIFT FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES SHAKESPEARE, FUN AND A GOOD OLD STAB THROUGH THE ARRAS!

 

 

 

 

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