One Mother of a Brilliant Comedy Spymonkey's Oedipussy

Thu 8 Mar 2012

Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 March
Directed and adapted by Emma Rice
Written by Carl Grose and Spymonkey

OEDIPUSSY comes to The Studio at Curve this month as part of a national tour. Thishilarious physical comedy combines with the playful storytelling of Kneehigh’s artistic director Emma Rice and writing partner Carl Grose to create an outrageous no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy. The result is a tale of forbidden lust, accidental incest, violent murder and the ultimate dysfunctional family: a jealous father, a messed-up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy.

‘Hysterical. Heartbreaking. Joyful.’ The Times

Written by Spymonkey and long-time Kneehigh collaborator Carl Grose (The Wild Bride Cymbeline, Kneehigh; Faust, Vesturport), OEDIPUSSY playfully subverts the story of the ultimate dysfunctional family, using inspired storytelling and Spymonkey’s trademark physical comedy.

‘Brilliant. Riotous laughter. Spymonkey deliver’ The Guardian

Taking inspiration from Pasolini, Barbarella, Bond and Kraftwerk, Spymonkey turn their unique brand of theatrical invention to this greatest of tragic tales, bringing it to life in typically outrageous fashion with the help of set designer Michael Vale(RSC, National Theatre, ENO), costume designer Lucy Bradridge (Cirque de Soleil, Mighty Boosh), lighting designer Phil Supple and featuring original music by Spymonkey’s Toby Park and Neil Filby with additional sound design by Simon Baker.

‘You’d have to be dead not to laugh’ Sunday Times

Emma Rice is the Joint Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre. Her credits for Kneehigh include the internationally acclaimed The Red Shoes, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Wild Bride and Brief Encounter (UK tour/West End/Broadway) for which she was nominated as Best Director for the 2009 Olivier Awards.

Since forming in 1998, Spymonkey has toured its shows extensively, delighting audiences and critics around the world. Theatre shows including Stiff (Total Theatre Award), CoopedMoby Dick, the Cirque du Soleil burlesque Zumanity in Las Vegas, and their cabaret Love In (Best Comedy, Brighton Festival) all bear the trademark of their highly visual and slickly choreographed comedy theatre.

Spymonkey in association with Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton
Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 March
Performances at 7.45pm
Tickets: £8.50 – £16.50, concessionary discounts available

Please note that Oedipussy includes scenes of nudity and is recommended for ages 14 and above.

Directed & adapted by Emma Rice
Written by Carl Grose and Spymonkey
Set design by Michael Vale
Costume design by Lucy Bradridge
Lighting by Phil Supple
Original Music by Toby Park & Neil Filby
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