Spymonkey News

Spymonkey opera

We can finally reveal a project we’ve been working on for a while: a Spymonkey opera! Jacques Offenbach’s ‘Orpheus in der Underwelt’, opens January 21 2023 at the Volksoper Vienna, part of incoming artistic director Lotte de Beer’s inaugural season. Directed by Toby Park & Aitor Basauri, design by Julian Crouch, choreography by Gail Skrela. We are rehearsing at the... View Article

Posted by > 20 April 2022

Spymonkey back in the USA

Aitor is looking forward to returning to Celebration Barn Theater in Maine. He will be leading a series of online Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas sessions from March-May and then returning to teach two courses in person in June. Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas – 14 March – 9 May 2022 5 bi-weekly sessions. Bring your comedy ideas to Spymonkey’s... View Article

Posted by > 14 February 2022

Spymonkey Would Like To Meet…

Making new connections for ongoing professional relationships. We have been awarded an Arts Council Project Grant for a new piece of work called ‘Spymonkey Would Like to Meet…’. It’s not a show, or a workshop, or a training opportunity but we hope it will inform all of these in the future. It is a major piece of work and one... View Article

Posted by > 21 January 2022

Spymonkey & Black Lives Matter – Statement and Action Plan

INTRODUCTION Lockdown has given all of us a lot of time to think. And there’s been a heck of a lot to think about. George Floyd, BLM, British empire & slavery, Reclaiming the Streets, grinding social exclusion, Brexit fallout, peak Trump (?) and resurgent xenophobic nationalism, all with the incessant drumbeat of the ongoing climate crisis. Not many laughs. As... View Article

Posted by > 21 September 2021

Spymonkey’s Stephan Kreiss dies aged 59

Spymonkey’s friend, longstanding collaborator and irrepressible clown genius Stephan Kreiss has died. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday 16th August, following a short illness. Spymonkey’s close collaboration of the core creative ensemble made up of Toby Park, Petra Massey, Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss and designer Lucy Bradridge has been at the heart of everything they’ve created in over... View Article

Posted by > 19 August 2021

Vienna & Helsinki autumn workshops

We’ve just added two European dates to our workshop schedule for autumn 2021: Spymonkey Clown, Vienna We’ll be running a 5-day workshop on Spymonkey Clown in Vienna, led by Aitor Basauri, 29th Sept – 3rd Oct. The week will be our first partnership with Vienna Volksoper. Full details here. The Musical Clown, Helsinki 5-day workshop for singers and musicians keen... View Article

Posted by > 3 August 2021

New Brassmonkey & Tall Stories Bursaries announced

We are announcing a new round of bursary awards for our upcoming workshops in London and Brighton in Autumn 2021. We are committed to supporting the development of the next generation of comedy performers. Our professional training workshops are delivered by the artistic directors and associate artists in the UK and across the world. Participants develop techniques of clowning, comedy,... View Article

Posted by > 23 July 2021