Goat and Monkey

 
Horses emerge from lakes, audience are chased through burning forests and digital riddles hide buried gold one hundred years old.
We don’t make theatre in a specific genre, and we’re not overly concerned about whether or not it is even theatre. We like to create things that feel epic, surprising, interesting, and fun. Sometimes we make creations ourselves, and sometimes we make them together with collaborators in different fields.
Have a good rummage around and get in touch if you'd like to know any more...
“ The emotional impact of these beautifully sculpted, barely lit and flickering scenes is as potent and disorientating as a shot of absinthe..." 
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What we're up to this month:


January

The Devil Speaks True 

 Shakespeare's Macbeth as told by Banquo
 The Devil Speaks True invites audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most notorious works in this immersive take on the last hours of Banquo’s life. Often in complete darkness, The Devil Speaks True uses wireless headphones, projection, scent, a physical performer and binaural sound design to plunge audiences into an intimate, 360 degree  experience. The text of one of Shakespeare’s most notorious works is interwoven with interviews with military veterans. The Devil Speaks True is a chilling exploration of the psychological effects of war.
 The Devil Speaks True is touring this Spring, opening on 17 February '16 at the Vault Festival, London. www.vaultfestival.com
 For tour dates and links to tickets go to Current page

 


October update!
IMG_3542Pepperbeard and the Great Spice Heist is good to go, hot to trot and set to sail the story seas! It's looking fantastic and pre sales have been great! Be sure to swing by Kew Gardens and get stuck in to the quest!
Ahoy! ‘The Ginger Piglet’ has been captured by the scurviest, stinkiest, and spookiest soul of the seven seas, Pirate Pepperbeard! With his clumsy crew-of-two ‘Heave’ and ‘Ho’, these putrid pirates have a dastardly plan to plunder the spectacularly valuable Spices of Kew, and then the world!
But we have luck on our side….
And that luck has blonde pigtails and a mischievous grin…our adventurous heroine Little Nutmeg! This brave and brilliant young botanist needs your help to stop them.
For more, go to current work! 


October

Pah,  we've emerged blinking from the tunnel that was September, what a great month! 
Pepperbeard and the Great Spice Heist at Kew Gardens is looking great, we've been working with a fantastic illustrator and design team to make some exciting stuff! The pirates have been sent their orders, and are soon to be be banded together in the same room to practice making mischief before we open at Kew on Sat 24th October! Watching Errol for inspiration! 
Our digital camp at Brunel University was fantastically exciting. Working alongside academics, technicians, and the theatre and business schools, students explored digital theatre with focus on alternate reality games and escape the room games, Had a great time revisiting Helen Furnival and the hidden gold we buried a few years ago in The Seed
After the success of  Space Academy over the summer and the emergence of four hundred new recruits,put through their paces by Herbert 'Herb" G Wells, we have been commissioned by Bournemouth Council to bring Victorian Spy Academy and the inimitable Mr Guillemot to the Festival By The Sea. Head Quarters have been making tweaks and changes to the training to make it even harder for recruits to pass the already rigorous challenges! To paraphrase the words of William Ernest Henley in 1875, 'you must be the master of your fate, and the captain of your soul!'

20.5.1August

What a fantastic month that was!
Space Academy saw the emergence of four hundred new recruits, put through their paces by Herbert 'Herb" G Wells over the twenty minute adventure! 
Our week long theatre making course was a raging success at the Bournemouth Festival by the Sea. The ensemble of actors between the ages of 10 and 14  created a beautiful and haunting piece of work, teaser trailer to follow soon. Goat and Monkey are soon to the Bournemouth festival with Victorian Spy Academy in October. New recruits will face challenges set by the inimitable Mr. Guillemot!
Joel has just finished a fortnight directing 30 twenty year old actors at Laban for the National Youth Theatre. The work they created was beautiful, and the final show in the Bonnie Bird theatre breathtaking. Images to follow soon.
'Pirate Pepperbeard and the Great Spice Heist' at Kew Gardens is coming along very nicely!  An international hunt born out of the records of the Spice trade and the East India Company. We've been listening to these shanties for inspiration.  

 

July

'Space School' is coming on very nicely, this clip of Neil Armstrong singing on the moon is a source of continual joy, for that moment perhaps he forgot there were the eyes of the world looking at him. What a hero.
'Pirate Pepperbeard and the Great Spice Heist' at Kew Gardens is going to be great, a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and Scooby Doo! An international hunt born out of the records of the Spice trade and the East India Company. We've been listening to these shanties for inspiration.  
We've just heard that we have funding for a project close to our hearts, and an important one to make really special. More on that soon.
Hippity hoppity over the hill....... 

 

June

The Ghost of a Flea
This month we are mainly researching; the world of William Blake, the incredible adventures of Sir Joseph Banks and the eighteenth century spice trade and the one, the only, Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock.
William Blake created a mythical city called Golgonooza, a City of Imagination and a Blake's vision of a future London. For more on Blake's Golgonooza click here.
Joseph Banks took part in Captain Cook's first great voyage (1768 - 1771)  aboard The Endeavour  and his diary is a brilliant read. Here it is if you fancy having a look.
As for Mr.Hitchcock, well here is a complete interview made in 1972!

 

May 

Without Blinking SlendermanAfter a brief sojourn in the jungles of Guyana we are back in the saddle. We shall put some more of the photos from 'Without Blinking' on the site, and perhaps a few extracts of the action. The 'slenderman' section is wonderfully chilling!
 We are currently prepping a digital 'Space Adventure', beginning an enquiry in to creation of Dementia friendly audiences and adding some new dates to 'The Devil Speaks True' tour. 

April

Without BlinkingA sell out run over five shows at Testbed 1 Battersea, 'Without Blinking' went spectacularly. The audience entered a disused lighthouse and the terrifying world of the kidnapped Twins. Working with Bloomsbury author Suzy Joinson, MD Paul Ackerley, Designer Becca Brower and third year students from Chichester University we had a ball!
 

The Devil Speaks TrueMarch

Our teaser for The Devil Speaks True is online! Have a look and send us your thoughts to be in for a chance to win a pair of free tickets for the show!