Complete Deaths

Shakespeare Death Cards published by Chronicle Books

Our Shakespeare Deaths card game, originally self-published by Spymonkey in collaboration with illustrator and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, and Tim Crouch, director of The Complete Deaths, has been published in a new colour edition by San Francisco-based Chronicle Books. The perfect Christmas present for fans of Shakespeare and death! They can be ordered in the UK from Blackwells and Samuel... View Article

Posted by > 18 December 2017

Chichester Festival Theatre

Last chance to catch The Complete Deaths on its UK tour will be next week at the Minerva Theatre, our first ever visit to Chichester Festival Theatre! Here’s an interview with Toby for Chichester Festival Theatre blog: How did the idea for The Complete Deaths come about? We had been thinking about doing a Shakespeare comedy – ‘Two Gentlemen’ perhaps,... View Article

Posted by > 7 February 2017

APAP New York

Following our knockout run at Chicago Shakes – 90% capacity over the whole run! – I’m looking forward to visiting the APAP convention in New York 5th – 10th January. If anyone wants to contact me there drop me a line at tobypark@spymonkey.co.uk or +44 7766 712757. I can show you my wares. We are working with 12 Corners Management... View Article

Posted by > 4 January 2017

Chicago Shakes

We’ve had such a joyous time in Chicago it is tough to say goodbye. Big fat sell-out audiences who laughed, cried and got the work, a great theatre, some excellent new friends, and some spectacular weather. Well done everyone – a great end to a great year! Here’s a round-up of reviews and blogs. “Life-affirmative with a macabre twist. Very... View Article

Posted by > 13 December 2016

Deaths Live!

We’ve just released The Complete Deaths as part of our Vimeo on Demand service. Available now to rent, buy and download in glorious 1080 High Definition!

Posted by > 24 November 2016

Next stop Chicago

Now our 2016 UK tour is finished we are getting ready for our trip to Chicago Shakespeare Festival as part of their Shakespeare400 celebrations, where we’ll be playing 30th November – 11th December. The run is pretty much sold out but there are some tickets left for selected shows,  details here: https://www.chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/deaths We are also planning a one-day taster workshop... View Article

Posted by > 8 November 2016

Chichester in February

Just announced: we are delighted to be performing a week of The Complete Deaths in the Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, 14th – 18th February 2017. All details here: https://www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-complete-deaths This will be our first visit as a company to CFT, following our physical comedy direction on their Mack & Mabel with Michael Ball last year.

Posted by > 23 October 2016

The Complete Deaths on tour

We are currently on tour with The Complete Deaths. Thu 6 – Mon 10 September Hull Truck Theatre www.hulltruck.co.uk | 01482 323638   Fri 16 – Sat 17 September Vicenza Festival Italy www.vicentino.info   Tue 20 September – Sat 1 October Shoreditch Town Hall, London www.shoreditchtownhall.com | 020 7739 6176   Tue 4 – Wed 5 October Contact Theatre, Manchester... View Article

Posted by > 1 September 2016

Upcoming events

Jun
14
Sun
2020
CELEBRATION BARN MAINE – CREATING CLOWN MATERIAL @ Celebration Barn, Maine
Jun 14 @ 10:00 am – Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm
CELEBRATION BARN MAINE - CREATING CLOWN MATERIAL @ Celebration Barn, Maine | Paris | Maine | United States
Masterclass with Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri
 
CREATING CLOWN MATERIAL
 
Celebration Barn, Maine
 
LIMITED CAPACITY. REGISTER TODAY!
To reserve a place go to the Celebration Barn website: http://www.celebrationbarn.com/event/spymonkeys-creating-clown-material-2020/

How do you make a show from scratch? This workshop is designed to understand the process from early conception through to production.

In this workshop we open up our creative toolbox and show you how to create material from the smallest seed of an idea, how our greatest ideas are right under our noses (if only we knew how to look), how to build a number or scene and how to keep the work fresh both in rehearsal and in performance. We look at the context of the spaces we are creating for – large and small theatre spaces, cabaret, variety, street theatre, circus. We investigate the fundamentals – use of costume, props, lighting and sound. And we explore more advanced concepts – writing tools, devising games, character, group dynamics, status, narrative, dramatic structure, musicality and physicality.

Spymonkey have over 15 years of experience in creating devised shows with leading directors: Cal McCrystal (Mighty Boosh, Peepolykus, National Theatre’s ‘One Man Two Guvnors’), Jos Houben (Theatre du Complicite, The Right Size, École Jacques Lecoq Paris), Emma Rice (artistic director of Kneehigh) and Paul Hunter (artistic director of Told By An Idiot).

“I’ve done three Spymonkey workshops…I’m always banging on about Spymonkey. Whatever, I think they’re totally inspiring.” – LUCY HOPKINS creator of LE FOULARD, winner Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre and Best Performer Awards, Prague Fringe Creative Award.

Register by May 1st and receive a $50 Early Bird Discount. A 10% discount is available to individuals registering for more than one workshop. (If registering for multiple workshops prior to May 1st, select either the Early Bird or 10% Multiple Workshops Discount.) See the registration form for details.

NOTE: There are no discounts for Residencies.

 

ABOUT SPYMONKEY
 
Since their inception in 1998 Spymonkey have created some of the most outstandingly original comedy theatre, including STIFF, COOPED, MOBY DICK, OEDIPUSSY, ZUMANITY (for Cirque du Soleil), JEKYLL & HYDE(ISH) (with Lyric Hammersmith) and EVERY LAST TRICK (with Royal & Derngate). TV and stage appearances have seen them work alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Miranda Hart, Sandi Toksvig,Ronnie Corbett, Fiona Shaw and Nick Frost. Widely acknowledged as world leaders in the field of clown and physical comedy, they are keenly sought as teachers, consultants and directors for their insight and experience in creating brilliant, original and singular work.
 
Aitor talks about clown
 
“I do theatre because it is fun because it makes me live life twice and I love life! The clown lives in a fantastic theatrical world. For an actor the clown stimulates a fresh immediacy full of pleasure and mischief. It is this brimming pleasure that fills the performer and touches an audience. The audience in turn feel they are watching something very special and unique because the clown is generous, sharing with them their most intimate vulnerability, fun and unique personality. The performer who dares to stand before a crowd, unafraid to make mistakes and find pleasure in being wonderfully silly will reap fruitful rewards. In Spymonkey we strongly believe that it is in this moment that the seed for the best performances can begin. Once up there in front of the audience, that pleasure will take you from one funny mistake to the next, always happy, always optimistic o be playing in front of the audience. By being joyful, playful, curious, mischievous and full of fantasy you will find funny opportunities. ”
 
Jane Nichols / professor, Yale School of Drama/WU
 
“Aitor has boundless energy. He loves what he teaches and he loves to teach. Aitor’s easy, even temperament is as genuine and reassuring as it is compelling and empowering. His enthusiasm for what he does is evident and contagious. He approaches his students as he approaches the material … with humor, with clarity and authority, with knowledge, and with profound respect. Just as he and the other members of the remarkable Spymonkey approach weighty, sometimes perverse or tragic material with humor and a touch of grace, so to, as Aitor approaches a student’s despair or resistance or personal tragedy he applies the same humor and grace. That his professional work aligns dignity with absurdity is testimony to his genius as an artist. That he, as an artist, is dedicated to eliciting that same sensibility from his students is testimony to his depth as a humanist, – and to his commitment to education.”

 

Jun
21
Sun
2020
CELEBRATION BARN MAINE – BOUFFON: DARE TO MOCK @ Celebration Barn, Maine
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – Jun 27 @ 5:00 pm
CELEBRATION BARN MAINE - BOUFFON: DARE TO MOCK @ Celebration Barn, Maine | Paris | Maine | United States
with Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri
 
BOUFFON: DARE TO MOCK
 
Celebration Barn, Maine

A love for the grotesque, the forbidden, bad taste, irony, parody, and all things deformed— these are the toys and tools of the bouffon – the outcast who lives to provoke the audience without losing the love of the audience.

In this rich theatrical world, the character lives to provoke the audience without losing their love. The stakes so high that if they lose the love of the audience, the bouffon will get KILLED.

In this workshop we will play games and exercises that will help every performer to find that place where their personal Bouffon is – a place of risk, a place of danger, a place of daring. In contrast to the Clown, the key to the Bouffon is discovering the intelligence of the performer in parodying, their cleverness in simultaneously daring to mock and provoke the audience, whilst staying alive, a balancing act which requires supreme sensitivity.

Aitor Basauri is an internationally recognized teacher of clown and physical comedy. Amongst the numerous directing credits to his name, he is most recently co-writer and director of the renowned bouffon Red Bastard’s latest show Lie With Me.

Horrible!  Despicable. Self Indulgent. But enough about me… Aitor Basauri is a fantastic director. He injected humor, depth and theatricality to my work as a bouffon. Highly recommended. But don’t tell him I said that.

-Eric Davis (Red Bastard)

Register by May 1st and receive a $50 Early Bird Discount. A 10% discount is available to individuals registering for more than one workshop. (If registering for multiple workshops prior to May 1st, select either the Early Bird or 10% Multiple Workshops Discount.) See the registration form for details.
NOTE: There are no discounts for Residencies.

ABOUT SPYMONKEY
 
Since their inception in 1998 Spymonkey have created some of the most outstandingly original comedy theatre, including STIFF, COOPED, MOBY DICK, OEDIPUSSY, ZUMANITY (for Cirque du Soleil), JEKYLL & HYDE(ISH) (with Lyric Hammersmith) and EVERY LAST TRICK (with Royal & Derngate). TV and stage appearances have seen them work alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Miranda Hart, Sandi Toksvig,Ronnie Corbett, Fiona Shaw and Nick Frost. Widely acknowledged as world leaders in the field of clown and physical comedy, they are keenly sought as teachers, consultants and directors for their insight and experience in creating brilliant, original and singular work.
 
Aitor talks about clown
 
“I do theatre because it is fun because it makes me live life twice and I love life! The clown lives in a fantastic theatrical world. For an actor the clown stimulates a fresh immediacy full of pleasure and mischief. It is this brimming pleasure that fills the performer and touches an audience. The audience in turn feel they are watching something very special and unique because the clown is generous, sharing with them their most intimate vulnerability, fun and unique personality. The performer who dares to stand before a crowd, unafraid to make mistakes and find pleasure in being wonderfully silly will reap fruitful rewards. In Spymonkey we strongly believe that it is in this moment that the seed for the best performances can begin. Once up there in front of the audience, that pleasure will take you from one funny mistake to the next, always happy, always optimistic o be playing in front of the audience. By being joyful, playful, curious, mischievous and full of fantasy you will find funny opportunities. ”
 
Jane Nichols / professor, Yale School of Drama/WU
 
“Aitor has boundless energy. He loves what he teaches and he loves to teach. Aitor’s easy, even temperament is as genuine and reassuring as it is compelling and empowering. His enthusiasm for what he does is evident and contagious. He approaches his students as he approaches the material … with humor, with clarity and authority, with knowledge, and with profound respect. Just as he and the other members of the remarkable Spymonkey approach weighty, sometimes perverse or tragic material with humor and a touch of grace, so to, as Aitor approaches a student’s despair or resistance or personal tragedy he applies the same humor and grace. That his professional work aligns dignity with absurdity is testimony to his genius as an artist. That he, as an artist, is dedicated to eliciting that same sensibility from his students is testimony to his depth as a humanist, – and to his commitment to education.”