Upcoming Events

Jul
21
Tue
2015
Mack & Mabel @ Chichester Festival Theatre Oaklands Park Chichester England PO19
Jul 21 – Sep 5 all-day
Apr
17
Sun
2016
Big Bang Siegfried @ Theater Hagen
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Big Bang Siegfried @ Theater Hagen | Hagen | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

Symphonic orchestral version of ‘The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers’, the show created by Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri and Toby Park with Finnish opera singer brothers Petri and Jouni Bäckström and pianist/composer Jukka Nykänen.

The show combines particle physics, Johnny Cash and Wagner as two brothers (they might be opera singers) make an audacious roadtrip of discovery along the famous Route 66. It was enthusiastically received on its opening in Helsinki in 2014, and this performance marks its first performance outside Finland.

It will be very exciting to see the opera clown show, conceived as a very tidy 3-hander for smaller spaces, scaled up to the Theater Hagen stage, with their orchestra performing ‘The God Particle’ – a modernist opera-within-an-opera about nuclear physics – as well as the sections of Wagner’s Siegfried performed on a grand scale. Orchestral arrangements have been written by Finnish composer Jonne Valtonen, a leading composer for gaming soundtracks including Final Fantasy, Super Mario Bros., The Elder Scrolls, The Legend of Zelda and Castlevania. He is very, very good.

More about ‘The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers’ show on their pages here: http://www.fabulousbb.fi/

 


promo 1’40”


cupsong stravinsky

Mar
22
Thu
2018
A&E Comedy: ENTER THE DRAGONS @ The Old Market, Hove
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
A&E Comedy: ENTER THE DRAGONS @ The Old Market, Hove | Hove | England | United Kingdom

The Old Market Hove
22nd – 24th March 2018 at 7.30pm

Directed by Spymonkey’s Toby Park, designed by our very own Lucy Bradridge.

Winner of Best of the Brighton Fringe 2017.

A chance for Brighton audiences to catch this before these two idiots sashay off to be stratospheric hits at Edinburgh this summer!

A funny, frank and fearless show about the pressures facing women as they age. Unashamedly subverting our ideas about beauty, sex and feminism, Enter the Dragons takes the archetypal Hero’s quest and reframes it for the mature woman in the modern world. It’s a knock-out combination of joy and dissent for anyone who is considering ageing.

★★★★★ – “They marry hilarity and sincerity with such remarkable precision, it had the audience in both fits of laughter and heartfelt tears”
Broadway Baby

“Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards are a brilliant comedy coupling: the writing is sharp as a witch’s nose, the performance as sparkly as Cinderella’s silver slippers. A fabulously entertaining evening”
Total Theatre

 

LINKS:

A&E Comedy website: http://aandecomedy.co.uk/

Promo video: http://aandecomedy.co.uk/video/

Interview with Emma and Abigail: http://theoldmarket.com/word-abigail-emma-duo-behind-award-winning-enter-dragons/

May
31
Thu
2018
Fabulous Bäckström Brothers, Brighton Fringe @ The Old Market, Hove
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fabulous Bäckström Brothers, Brighton Fringe @ The Old Market, Hove | Hove | England | United Kingdom

The Old Market, Hove
THU 31st MAY – SAT 2nd JUNE 7pm
(plus Sat matinee 2pm)

A Spymonkey collaboration.

“THREE CRAZY FINNS, ONE DELIGHTED AUDIENCE” Doppelwacholder Germany

For the first time in the UK, we present the Finnish international musical comedy hit that we created in Helsinki in 2014, combining classical opera, pin-sharp musical variety and stomach-crampingly funny physical comedy.

“DIRECTORS TOBY PARK & AITOR BASAURI OF SPYMONKEY GIVE THE SHOW THE FEEL OF A PERFECTLY FORMED WEST END PRODUCTION IN MINIATURE” Turun Sanomat Finland

In THE FABULOUS BÄCKSTRÖM BROTHERS, Baritone Jouni Bäckström has invited his brother Petri to spend some quality time cruising across America, as only opera-singing brothers can, on the famous Route 66. Petri has other ideas – in order to rehearse his big role as Wagner’s Siegfried, he has brought his pianist Jukka Nykänen with him, who is working on his new opera The God Particle.

“A RIOTOUS JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF OPERA” Helsinki Sanomat Finland

Virtuoso musicianship and inspired phyiscal comedy invention!

 

LINKS:

Here’s their YouTube viral hit, over 175,000 hits!

And here’s Spymonkey’s Toby Park talking about the collaboration to Finnish broadcaster YLE:

Fabulous Bäckström Brothers website:
http://www.fabulousbb.fi/en/

Jun
1
Fri
2018
Fabulous Bäckström Brothers, Brighton Fringe @ The Old Market, Hove
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fabulous Bäckström Brothers, Brighton Fringe @ The Old Market, Hove | Hove | England | United Kingdom

The Old Market, Hove
THU 31st MAY – SAT 2nd JUNE 7pm
(plus Sat matinee 2pm)

A Spymonkey collaboration.

“THREE CRAZY FINNS, ONE DELIGHTED AUDIENCE” Doppelwacholder Germany

For the first time in the UK, we present the Finnish international musical comedy hit that we created in Helsinki in 2014, combining classical opera, pin-sharp musical variety and stomach-crampingly funny physical comedy.

“DIRECTORS TOBY PARK & AITOR BASAURI OF SPYMONKEY GIVE THE SHOW THE FEEL OF A PERFECTLY FORMED WEST END PRODUCTION IN MINIATURE” Turun Sanomat Finland

In THE FABULOUS BÄCKSTRÖM BROTHERS, Baritone Jouni Bäckström has invited his brother Petri to spend some quality time cruising across America, as only opera-singing brothers can, on the famous Route 66. Petri has other ideas – in order to rehearse his big role as Wagner’s Siegfried, he has brought his pianist Jukka Nykänen with him, who is working on his new opera The God Particle.

“A RIOTOUS JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF OPERA” Helsinki Sanomat Finland

Virtuoso musicianship and inspired phyiscal comedy invention!

 

LINKS:

Here’s their YouTube viral hit, over 175,000 hits!

And here’s Spymonkey’s Toby Park talking about the collaboration to Finnish broadcaster YLE:

Fabulous Bäckström Brothers website:
http://www.fabulousbb.fi/en/

Jun
2
Sat
2018
Fabulous Bäckström Brothers, Brighton Fringe @ The Old Market, Hove
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fabulous Bäckström Brothers, Brighton Fringe @ The Old Market, Hove | Hove | England | United Kingdom

The Old Market, Hove
THU 31st MAY – SAT 2nd JUNE 7pm
(plus Sat matinee 2pm)

A Spymonkey collaboration.

“THREE CRAZY FINNS, ONE DELIGHTED AUDIENCE” Doppelwacholder Germany

For the first time in the UK, we present the Finnish international musical comedy hit that we created in Helsinki in 2014, combining classical opera, pin-sharp musical variety and stomach-crampingly funny physical comedy.

“DIRECTORS TOBY PARK & AITOR BASAURI OF SPYMONKEY GIVE THE SHOW THE FEEL OF A PERFECTLY FORMED WEST END PRODUCTION IN MINIATURE” Turun Sanomat Finland

In THE FABULOUS BÄCKSTRÖM BROTHERS, Baritone Jouni Bäckström has invited his brother Petri to spend some quality time cruising across America, as only opera-singing brothers can, on the famous Route 66. Petri has other ideas – in order to rehearse his big role as Wagner’s Siegfried, he has brought his pianist Jukka Nykänen with him, who is working on his new opera The God Particle.

“A RIOTOUS JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF OPERA” Helsinki Sanomat Finland

Virtuoso musicianship and inspired phyiscal comedy invention!

 

LINKS:

Here’s their YouTube viral hit, over 175,000 hits!

And here’s Spymonkey’s Toby Park talking about the collaboration to Finnish broadcaster YLE:

Fabulous Bäckström Brothers website:
http://www.fabulousbb.fi/en/

Aug
1
Wed
2018
A&E Comedy: ENTER THE DRAGONS @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, venue tbc
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 6:15 pm
A&E Comedy: ENTER THE DRAGONS @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, venue tbc | Hove | England | United Kingdom

Full performance details will be confirmed March 2018.

Directed by Spymonkey’s Toby Park, designed by our very own Lucy Bradridge.

Winner of Best of the Brighton Fringe 2017.

A chance for Edinburgh Fringe audiences to catch this before these two idiots sashay off into stratospheric international hitdom!

A funny, frank and fearless show about the pressures facing women as they age. Unashamedly subverting our ideas about beauty, sex and feminism, Enter the Dragons takes the archetypal Hero’s quest and reframes it for the mature woman in the modern world. It’s a knock-out combination of joy and dissent for anyone who is considering ageing.

★★★★★ – “They marry hilarity and sincerity with such remarkable precision, it had the audience in both fits of laughter and heartfelt tears”
Broadway Baby

“Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards are a brilliant comedy coupling: the writing is sharp as a witch’s nose, the performance as sparkly as Cinderella’s silver slippers. A fabulously entertaining evening”
Total Theatre

 

LINKS:

A&E Comedy website: http://aandecomedy.co.uk/

Promo video: http://aandecomedy.co.uk/video/

Interview with Emma and Abigail: http://theoldmarket.com/word-abigail-emma-duo-behind-award-winning-enter-dragons/

Aug
8
Wed
2018
Hijinx Theatre Company: THE FLOP @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, venue tbc
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 5:15 pm
Hijinx Theatre Company: THE FLOP @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, venue tbc

Full performance details will be available April 2018.

A Hijinx production in association with Spymonkey.

Paris, 1650. Impotence is officially illegal. When a wealthy member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a far more monumental and very public flop. But can a cast of total idiots save a show about a flop… from being one?

The creators of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 hit Meet Fred, team up with clown supremos Spymonkey, to present an anarchic, slightly rude, hilarious slice of stupidity, with live music and unfeasibly large wigs.

“Sharp, funny and vastly entertaining” Lyn Gardner on Meet Fred