Upcoming Events

Spymonkey Under the Influence
Mar 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Spymonkey Under the Influence

Spymonkey Under the Influence – Tues 2nd March 4.30pm (UK time)

Spymonkey are excited to offer an exciting new webinar with Spymonkey Artistic Directors Toby Park and Aitor Basauri who take stock, with the help of some choice illustrative clips and images, on the influences on their work: from those whose practices have steered their lives such as the great clown teacher Philippe Gaulier, Spymonkey director Cal McCrystal, Swiss action heroes KKG, through to greats of physical comedy – Keaton, Normand, Marx Bros, Sellers, Python, Conway & Korman.

90 mins. Cap 40 people. On Zoom.

Tickets £12/ £15 / £20 depending on affordability

Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas – Spit ’n Polish Salon
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas - Spit ’n Polish Salon

(Sketch performance)

Friday 12th March, 6pm (UK) duration 45 mins

Pay what you can

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/garage-of-broken-stupid-ideas-spit-n-polish-salon-sketch-performance-tickets-144015158215

In the depths of Lockdown 1.0 we started the Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas, which encouraged artists to come along and get their broken, stupid ideas up on the blocks, and let chief mechanics Aitor Basauri and Toby Park have a good old tinker around. The response to this from the artists was tremendous. After this followed a festival of work using the same principles – to see if we could actually get the ideas started and take them for a test drive.

And now comes the ‘Spit ’n Polish Salon’.

For the past couple of months, we have been working with the physical comedy artists who took part in our 2020 Clown Creation School. Artistic Directors Toby and Aitor have run online ‘garage’ sessions, mentoring 5 different acts – solos, duos and bigger groups – to develop concise comedy & clown routines for Zoom. As before, we’ve set the typical length of a pop song as our target: 3.5 minutes.

Working within the constraints of a 3-and-a-half minute zoom performance has shone a sharp light on the core principles of how to make physical comedy work: the rule of ‘KISS’ (Keep It Simple Stupid), immediacy, playing the game, comedic narrative and storytelling.

Hosted by Spymonkey’s Toby Park and Aitor Basauri, the 5 new acts will roll their ideas out into the Spit ’n Polish Salon. Tickets are reservable – there’s an opportunity to make a ‘pay what you like’ donation to our Brassmonkey Bursary award, encouraging diversity in physical comedy and clown.

***please note: May contain some grown up funnies, not for the easily offended***

The performance will take place on Zoom.

Social Media Webinar for Theatre Companies & Artists
Mar 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Social Media Webinar for Theatre Companies & Artists

Having attended one of Chris’ sessions ourselves recently, the Spymonkey team wanted to set up one of his brilliant webinars for others working in the arts. 

The session will give an overview of social media and look at specific tools you can use to best grow your following, increase your profile in the industry and ultimately sell more tickets. It will also focus on a few case studies from campaigns Chris has run for arts organisations in the past. It will be run via Zoom with virtual slides but there will also be some practical tasks for you to begin utilising your social media feeds.

Chris O’Connor is a professional playwright from Leeds who has written for organisations such as the Leeds Playhouse, BBC Radio and Red Ladder Theatre Company. He has also worked in social media for various organisations in sports and the arts and has undergone a number of training courses in order to best utilise social media. He has managed over 250,000 followers across various platforms and now trains arts organisations in how to most effectively use social media.


Tickets £12/£15/£20

As before, we ask you to consider which ticket bracket you can reasonably afford. All income made from these sessions goes directly to covering the costs of keeping Spymonkey going while we’re unable to make work or run our training in person.

If you have access needs, please let us know how we can address these to best support you to engage with the sessions, this includes captioning and BSL.

Book your place through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-media-webinar-for-theatre-companies-artists-tickets-140255079719 

Bursary places

As before, we will build on our Brassmonkey Bursary scheme by offering 10% of spaces on this workshop programme free of charge to African diaspora people, South, East and South East Asian people or people from other ethnically diverse backgrounds, and to artists with disabilities. These sessions will be offered on a first-come first-served basis by contacting Natasha Britton on natasha@spymonkey.co.uk with details of which sessions you’d like to attend.

If you are a theatre maker who is of African diaspora, are South, East or South East Asian or from an ethnically diverse background, and you are particularly interested in making physical comedy theatre, we’d like to hear from you.

If you are a theatre-maker with disabilities and particularly interested in making physical comedy theatre we’d like to hear from you.