Goat and Monkey

Goat and Monkey specialises in creating immersive, site-specific theatre and online stories. We surprise audiences through extraordinary experiences in the smallest or largest of environments, with previous productions taking place in gardens, theatres, railway tunnels, village halls, on steam trains and online. Our goal is to tell stories in extraordinary ways by pushing the boundaries of audience interaction and theatrical form. Whether we are creating new stories or being inspired by old ones, we make work that is epic, inspiring and truly engaging.
“ The emotional impact of these beautifully sculpted, barely lit and flickering scenes is as potent and disorientating as a shot of absinthe..." 
Time Out

What we’re up to this month:

October

The Perils of Poisonous Plants has opened, and is looking great! Bring your family and save the world!
The spectacularly brilliant plant hunter Ivor Monocle has just returned from his most daring expedition yet. He has collected some of the world’s most curative, AND DEADLY plants! Today you are lucky enough to be at the grand opening of his exhibition. However, there is a problem...
That problem wears yellow trousers and rides a tricycle... Smedly Deadly, Ivor’s jealous and mischievous little brother! He wants to use the poisonous plants to give Ivor a squiffy tummy, ruin his big day and take Ivor’s sweetheart the brave and wonderful Mira Cullgro for himself! 
Ivor and Mira need your help! Pick up the special trail map from Mira at the Secluded Garden Glasshouse (she’s there until 2.30pm) and solve the clues and challenges left around the Gardens by Smedly Deadly. Your mission will take about 90 minutes in one go, or you can spread it out across your day. Once you have solved the challenges there is a final short performance by Ivor (he’s there until 3.45pm). This performance is for a family audience and has a capacity of approximately 800 audience each day. It is free with paid entry to Kew Royal Botanical Gardens.

September

Fantastic news to start the month, The Devil Speaks True has received considerable funding from Arts Council England for research and development. This moves us into phase two; very exciting partnerships and the descent in to the dark final days of Banquo's existence.... We have a sneaky suspicion this will be something quite special.
Our Kew gardens piece The Perils of Poisonous Plants is coming along very nicely, and a new character has emerged alongside Ivor Monocle, his confused and downtrodden assistant Tad Pole!

August

Well that flew by! The Goats and Monkeys had a fantastic time at festivals this summer with our Spy School! We are pleased to report that all  'candidates' who took part in the challenge passed with flying colours. Mr.Guillemont has listened to all the candidates' requests for more challenges and is preparing another with a different focus and even trickier codes and challenges to solve! Well done all!
Joel has just finished a fantastic six week project working in the Barbican with 100 actors and creatives from the National Youth Theatre in a large scale site specific piece 'Virus'. 

July

Perils Of The Poisonous Plants! Smedley Deadly, Ivor Monocle and Miri Cullgrow, the October family Poisonous Plants project at Kew Gardens is coming on nicely!
I am number 6! Who is number 1? ……the Goat and Monkey's have created a rip roaring  twenty minute Alternate Reality Game for three festivals in August, teams of 7-12 year olds must band together to solve clues live, decode ciphers online, and track and retrieve top secret material from undercover agents without being seen. We're watching you....

June

June has been a hot month, a standard 49 celsius… 
Joel has just finished a project in Dammam, Saudi Arabia working with a company of young actors. The Lost Child was devised by the company and performed in arabic and english to a sold out venue. With all language channelled through a young interpreter, direction had to be clear and concise, and the work physical and engaging. The response was fantastic, photos to follow!

 May 

This month sees us attending the Caravan Marketplace as part of the Brighton Festival to present The Devil Speaks True to international producers, working on the start of a new family trail for Kew Gardens (for October 2014) and Joel attending twenty seven events in the Brighton Festival as part of Collidescope.
We’re also generating ideas for our production with third year students from Chichester University which begins in September.
Our friends at Coney have organised two great events at Camden People’s Theatre on playing theatre. Come and be involved in a salon, or take part in a scratch night of new pieces of theatre and artful games.