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UK Workshops

These are the UK workshops we have coming up: 23 MARCH 1-DAY LONDON COMEDY MASTERCLASS With Cal McCrystal & Spymonkey more info 30-31 MARCH NATIONAL THEATRE, SOUTHBANK LONDON Creative Development for 16-21 year olds with Petra Massey & Toby Park more info 29 APRIL – 3 MAY LONDON Music in Clown & Comedy with Toby Park more info

Posted by > 18 February 2019

Spymonkey job vacancy: Producer (maternity cover)

We are currently looking for someone to fill the post of producer to cover maternity leave from September 2018! Full details and application information can be downloaded here, Applicants will also need to complete a diversity monitoring form downloadable here.

Posted by > 1 June 2018

Spymonkey GDPR compliance & data policies

Our Data Promise On 25th May 2018, the laws around Data Protection are changing.Spymonkey takes Data Protection seriously. We are committed to protecting your data; letting you know how we collect, store and use your data; and helping you to understand your rights and our responsibilities.Our Data Promise to you is:1. We will be open with you about how we... View Article

Posted by > 22 May 2018

Spymonkey Arrivals

We are currently working on a number of very exciting creative projects for 2018 and beyond. More details will be available soon. If you want to be kept abreast of our movements do subscribe to our newsletter on our Join page.

Posted by > 6 June 2017

One Day Without Us

Here at Spymonkey we are supporting the #1DayWithoutUs protest. Our work as a company has been defined by our membership of the EU, providing us with the freedom to collaborate across borders, to take our work to audiences across the continent without hindrance from restrictions of movement of goods and services. These freed0ms we have taken to be natural, and... View Article

Posted by > 20 February 2017

Video on Demand

We’ve just released our shows Stiff, Cooped, Moby Dick and Oedipussy on the Vimeo on Demand service, which means that these live shows are available to rent, stream or download over the interwebble. They continue to be available as DVDs. We aim to add previously unreleased shows to this service over the next months, including our cabaret show Love In... View Article

Posted by > 1 August 2016

July 15th British Library LATE with Spymonkey

For one night only Spymonkey brings you an evening of cabaret with a hilarious and joyful mash-up of clown and Shakespeare, on Friday July 15th. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard, and in conjunction with their hit show The Complete Deaths, ‘Four of the greatest clowns working in Britain today’ (Time Out) will present a night... View Article

Posted by > 6 July 2016

e-Newsletter archives

archive of Spymonkey e-newsletters stretching back into the mists of time for your edification please and thank you. http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=7fb1232ef7925cf924cfe05d6&id=c1999fc476

Posted by > 1 July 2015

Upcoming events

Jun
13
Thu
2019
COOPED @ Grand Theatre Blackpool
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 16 @ 9:15 pm
COOPED @ Grand Theatre Blackpool

To celebrate their 20th anniversary as ‘the reigning monarchs of physical comedy’ (Melbourne Age), Spymonkey are offering an unmissable opportunity to catch one of their favourite shows, a deliciously demented take on the pulp gothic romance: Hitchcock’s Rebecca meets The Pink Panther.

“One of the funniest shows you will ever see, performed by four of the greatest clowns working in Britain”
Time Out

Overflowing with brilliant characters, rip-roaring farce and virtuoso physical comedy, this is the show which made them an international comedy sensation from Just For Laughs Montreal to Sydney Opera House.

A spooky mansion, a plucky young heroine and a handsome English aristocrat. Add a German butler and a Spanish soap star and you’re… COOPED with Spymonkey!

“It is simply not possible to have more fun at the theatre than this” The Stage

Directed by Cal McCrystal, the comedy genius behind the National Theatre’s One Man Two Guvnors.

“For all their gleeful, larky enjoyment wafting across the footlights like a blessing, these are serious virtuosi”
The Times

Tue 11 – Fri 14 June
Tue – Fri 7:30pm / Thu 2pm matinee

Grand Theatre Blackpool
Tickets: £12.50
Box Office: 01253 290190
Online: blackpoolgrand.co.uk

More details on the show on the Cooped page of our website.

Jun
14
Fri
2019
COOPED @ Grand Theatre Blackpool
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 17 @ 9:15 pm
COOPED @ Grand Theatre Blackpool

To celebrate their 20th anniversary as ‘the reigning monarchs of physical comedy’ (Melbourne Age), Spymonkey are offering an unmissable opportunity to catch one of their favourite shows, a deliciously demented take on the pulp gothic romance: Hitchcock’s Rebecca meets The Pink Panther.

“One of the funniest shows you will ever see, performed by four of the greatest clowns working in Britain”
Time Out

Overflowing with brilliant characters, rip-roaring farce and virtuoso physical comedy, this is the show which made them an international comedy sensation from Just For Laughs Montreal to Sydney Opera House.

A spooky mansion, a plucky young heroine and a handsome English aristocrat. Add a German butler and a Spanish soap star and you’re… COOPED with Spymonkey!

“It is simply not possible to have more fun at the theatre than this” The Stage

Directed by Cal McCrystal, the comedy genius behind the National Theatre’s One Man Two Guvnors.

“For all their gleeful, larky enjoyment wafting across the footlights like a blessing, these are serious virtuosi”
The Times

Tue 11 – Fri 14 June
Tue – Fri 7:30pm / Thu 2pm matinee

Grand Theatre Blackpool
Tickets: £12.50
Box Office: 01253 290190
Online: blackpoolgrand.co.uk

More details on the show on the Cooped page of our website.

Jul
1
Mon
2019
CREATING CLOWN MATERIAL @ Celebration Barn, Maine
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Jul 6 @ 5:00 pm

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 discount. A 10% discount is also available to individuals registering for more than one workshop or for group registrations from the same immediate family or performing ensemble. See the registration form for details.
NOTE: There are no earlybird, ensemble, or group discounts for retreats.

Arrival: between 3 PM and 6 PM on Monday
Departure: before 10 AM on Sunday

For full details of how to book, please visit the organiser’s website: http://www.celebrationbarn.com/event/spymonkeys-creating-clown-material-2019/

 

Jul
8
Mon
2019
BOUFFON @ Celebration Barn, Maine
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm

Bouffon: Dare to Mock

with Aitor Basauri

July 8July 13

$725 (5 Days)

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.

Register by May 1st and receive a $50 discount. A 10% discount is also available to individuals registering for more than one workshop or for group registrations from the same immediate family or performing ensemble. See the registration form for details.

NOTE: There are no earlybird, ensemble, or group discounts for retreats.

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)
Jul
27
Sat
2019
NORWAY CLOWN CAMP @ Nesodden Norway
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm

Norway Clown Camp returns in 2019!

6 day comedy workshop led by SpyMonkey’s Aitor Basauri and Toby Park!

Set in the beautiful nature on an Island outside of Oslo, this is a workshop to discover freedom in failure and vulnerability on stage. We will develop sensitivity to the audience through games and exercises.

We will learn to follow our own quirky impulses and stop ‘thinking’ too hard. From this we will develop material for the stage.Suitable for actors, standup comedians, improvisers and public speakers. Minumum aged 18+.

Previous participants include multi-award winning comedians and actors, musicians, theatre technicians, an opera singer and a bus-driver! This workshop is for anyone who wants to surprise themselves, and see what they thought they couldn’t do!

Below is the facebook event link, we often put offers out for our followers on social media https://www.facebook.com/events/456041034800622/

Schedule:-

Arrival: Saturday 27th July in the afternoon.

Workshop starts: Evening of Saturday 27th July.

Workshop ends: Evening of Friday 2nd August.

Participants leave on Saturday 3rd August after a night of celebration!

Workshop comprises of 6+ hours of workshops per day.

Price of workshop includes accommodation, food and additional activities.

6 full days of workshops (excluding introduction on Saturday 27th July).

Price of Workshop:- 6900 NOK

 

For more details of how to book, please visit the Norway Clown Camp website