Femininity & Maleness
What do these words say to us? Is it the same thing for each of us? Have these words always represented the same thing, their meaning passing through us with the unyielding predictability of a Swiss clock? Or might those words bend, distort and spiral around us as we dance from one era to the next?
Join us and follow Orlando, Virginia Woolf and Sally Potter through time to ask the questions: what have we been? And … what are we now?
Clay & Diamonds, the British Film Institute, and National Trust, with funding from Wellcome Trust, present ‘Orlando: The Queer Element’. This live cinema event is inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando and its 1992 film adaptation. Time travelling audiences will wind along Orlando’s journey through gender. As it unfurls across history, we will explore the instability that abounds in those mysteries: ‘sex’ and ‘gender’.
Through theatre, film and insights from the worlds of fashion, endocrinology, history of sexuality and genetics, we will dig around and play with what it means when we call ourselves ‘woman’, ‘man’ and those spaces in between.
The cast of this production will be predominantly made up of our second year two year rep company with the project being directed by Fourth Monkey associate Simone Coxall.This show features in the National Trust Prejudice & Pride theme and is in the BFI Flare programme. It includes performances for schools audiences as well as the general public, tickets for the public performances can be booked via the links below.
|Knole Park, Kent||Friday 30th June||19:00||Book Here|
Edinburgh & Camden Fringe
This August we are delighted to be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from the 4th-12th August at theSpaceUK where we will be presenting a programme of five shows. We will then be transferring the shows back to London as part of the Camden Fringe Festival at our own venue The Monkey House from the 17th-27th August. Details of the shows at both festivals can be found below.
As well as our own performance season we will be hosting an exciting programme of visiting companies’ work as part of the Camden Fringe Festival between the 2nd-12th August. Please see below for listings and visit www.camdenfringe.com to book tickets for all shows!
Fourth Monkey’s Women of Greece: Pandora
Pandora carries a jar everywhere she goes believing she will not open it. Zeus looks down from above knowing that she will. Pandora lays the original myth bare for interrogation exploring themes of temptation, misogyny and femininity.
Written by Ami Sayers, directed by Stephen Sobal. Age guidance: 14+.
Fourth Monkey’s Women of Greece: Persephone
Persephone desperately struggles with bullies who make her life a misery, a mother who seems to have forgotten she exists and a force that wants to pull her into the underworld. A dark retelling of the myth of Persephone.
Written by Ami Sayers, directed by Ross McGregor & Will Pinchin. Age guidance: 14+.
Fourth Monkey’s Women of Greece: Medusa
Medusa is a monster who lives in a cave with only her sisters for company. Why are they there? Exploring the myth of Medusa and how she became what we believe her to be. A tale of persecution, jealousy and sexuality.
Written by Ezra Elia and directed by Ami Sayers. Age guidance: 14+.
Directed by Fourth Monkey’s Artistic Director Steven Green, Shakespeare’s darkest and most brutal play is reimagined by fringe favourites Fourth Monkey. Fearless, dangerous and bold, a play for all the senses. Age guidance: 14+.
The Burial of the Rats
Fourth Monkey return to the fringe with a fearless and bold new piece of work, inspired by Bram Stoker’s short story of the same title and directed by associate director Simone Coxall. Original ensemble theatre at its best. Age guidance: 14+.
|Fourth Monkey’s Women of Greece: Pandora||Edinburgh Fringe Festival||4th-12th August||Book Here|
|Fourth Monkey’s Women of Greece: Pandora||Camden Fringe||17th-27th August||Book Here|
|Fourth Monkey’s Women of Greece: Persephone||Edinburgh Fringe Festival||4th-12th August||Book Here|
|Fourth Monkey’s Women of Greece: Persephone||Camden Fringe||17th-27th August||Book Here|
|Fourth Monkey’s Women of Greece: Medusa||Edinburgh Fringe Festival||4th-12th August||Book Here|
|Fourth Monkey’s Women of Greece: Medusa||Camden Fringe||17th-27th August||Book Here|
|Titus Andronicus||Edinburgh Fringe Festival||4th-12th August||Book Here|
|Titus Andronicus||Camden Fringe||17th-27th August||Book Here|
|The Burial of the Rats||Edinburgh Fringe Festival||4th-12th August||Book Here|
|The Burial of the Rats||Camden Fringe||17th-27th August||Book Here|
2nd – 5th August
The curtain is down. The dust has settled. All is quiet, which suits the janitor just fine. He’s alone… An exploration of loneliness and lost dreams through unexpected companionship. The Janitor is a clown and movement piece, full of comedy and reminiscence.
Evros I The Crossing River
Follow Doaa, a 19 year old Syrian, on her journey of hope. Meet the boy from the local garden centre, where all isn’t quite as it seems. Experience the physical descent of a couple whose grief brings them together and tears them apart. Venture into the everyday of families in extreme conditions and follow the performers as they ask ‘How can we walk in their shoes?’
Evros envelopes you into the present refugee crisis, echoing stories throughout history.
Devised by emerging international ensemble Seemia Theatre, this piece has been supported by Arcola Theatre and Theatre Delicatessen.
Seemia, trained by acclaimed Polish theatre company Song of the Goat, have fused musicality, poetic text & physical theatre in a truly spellbinding show.
The Sun Apparatus Theatre Company
Sinister. Funny. Sexy. Absurd. A theatrical comedy exploring anxiety, obsession and the social expectations of femininity.
“A hugely enjoyable hour of inventive insanity” **** B’way Baby.
“A smart, well-conceived, well-executed, genuinely touching and very funny piece of physical theatre” **** Edinburgh Spotlight,
Scottish Daily Mail Award Shortlist.
9th – 12th August
Playful Intentions Theatre Company
When the flood came, Noah took two of each animal on to the Ark. What if these pairings weren’t necessarily ‘match.com compatible’? The Ark is the perfect place to address your marital problems.
Beastly comedy on prejudice and the bizarre workings of relationships. All aboard the craziest 40 night cruise with the Bible’s first couples’ therapist.
City Love by Simon Vinnicombe
Lucy and Jim are on their own.
To the rest of the world they seem to be doing OK: they have jobs, friends, ambitions (well, sort of).
Until their chance meeting on a night bus causes them to spiral into a world of love, pain and (mis)communication.
A 9.31 Theatre production. Contains adult themes and very strong language. 16+
A new fresh off the page show. A sassy surreal comedy musical about grabbing pussy.
In a world where women are objectified daily, in places they didn’t even know they had, Maisy is an outcast as she has never been touched. Bless her. Join Maisy on her quest to be fondled. Explore a world with a ridiculous cultural mood. It will be weird. It will be humorous. There will be songs such as ‘No One Will Let Me Blow Them’, ‘I Can Carry Heavy Objects Long Distances Without Needing a Rest’ and ‘Grab ‘Em by the Meow.’ There might even be a comedy dance routine or two. One thing is for sure it will be an hour of random fun!
Booking @ www.camdenfringe.com