Author Archives for Toby Park

Spymonkey opera

April 20, 2022 12:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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

Spymonkey Would Like To Meet…

January 21, 2022 3:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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

Spymonkey & Black Lives Matter – Statement and Action Plan

September 21, 2021 12:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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

Spymonkey’s Stephan Kreiss dies aged 59

August 19, 2021 4:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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

Vienna & Helsinki autumn workshops

August 3, 2021 9:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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

New Brassmonkey & Tall Stories Bursaries announced

July 23, 2021 2:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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

Cultural Recovery Fund

April 2, 2021 1:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are delighted to announce that Spymonkey have been successful in their application to the Cultural Recovery Fund. MEDIA RELEASE DATE: 2nd APRIL 2021 Spymonkey to receive £68,871k from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Spymonkey is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund  This... View Article


January 15, 2021 3:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Spymonkey’s HD version of COOPED/HYSTERIA (2019) has been selected as a finalist in the ONCOMM awards, the UK Off West-End online awards, in the category of Best Pre-Lockdown Recording. The show was recorded live in June 2019 at the Liverpool Playhouse. Cooped tours under the title HYSTERIA in the USA. Full credits and information here. The HD recording is available... View Article