The Year of the Monkey devised season of original work 2017
‘Devise  plan or invent (a complex procedure, system, or mechanism) by careful thought.’
This year, the Fourth Monkey one year actor training programme, The Year of the Monkey under the guidance of course and company director Charleen Qwaye mark their London production season with two original devised pieces of work performed as double bill evenings under the creative direction of Simone Coxall and Ami Sayers.

Goblin Market directed by Ami Sayers:

‘We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits’
Laura and Lizzie try to survive in a world full of threats and temptations from sinister Goblin merchants. A physical and visual exploration of Christina Rossetti’s famous poem.

Refugee Blues directed by Simone Coxall:

In 1939 WH Auden wrote his poem ‘Refugee Blues’ in response to the Jewish refugee crisis in Europe following the election of Adolph Hitler in Germany. It charts a couple’s increasingly desperate efforts to seek refuge and the reluctance of the USA and UK to accept them or acknowledge a common humanity. Thwarted by intentionally impossible bureaucratic hurdles and with all doors shut to them, they observe a world of closed borders, ineffectual political actions, and the indifference of many to their plight. Auden’s poem is a powerful reminder of the lessons of history and is especially chilling given our knowledge now of the horrific outcome for the European Jews. The resonances with today are abundantly apparent and the arguments startlingly familiar. The voice of this couple speaks for all those who flee persecution and seek a place of refuge.

Performance Date Time Booking
YOM Devised Season Wednesday 29th March 19:30 Sold Out
YOM Devised Season Thursday 30th March 19:30 Sold Out
YOM Devised Season Friday 31st March 19:30 Book Here
YOM Devised Season Saturday 1st April 19:30 Sold Out

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Our Two-Year Rep graduating company present their contemporary season of work – The Conflict Season 

3 Winters directed by Daniel Goldman:

3 Winters charts the history of the Kos family and the Zagreb town house they live in over the course of 66 years. From post-war Yugoslavia in 1945 to modern day Croatia 2011 via the Balkan conflict of the nineties, this is a story of a country and people in flux, of memory and nostalgia, of forgiveness and revenge. Simply staged, this new ensemble production brings the ghosts of generations past to life and sets the past and present on a collision course with destructive consequences.

Mother Courage and Her Children directed by Amy Draper:

Mother Courage, written by Bertolt Brecht in response to rising Nazism in 1939, tells the story of Anna Fierling as she navigates her way through the 30 Years War in Europe (1618-1648). At times unremitting in its criticism of the “business” of war, at times unearthing an unexpected humour and humanity, the play has become known as one of Brecht’s greatest and one for all times. This pared-back ensemble production will use song and storytelling to explore how Mother Courage continues to speak to us across the decades.

Performance Date Time Booking
3 Winters Saturday 6th May 19:30 Book Here
Mother Courage Monday 8th May 19:30 Book Here
3 Winters Tuesday 9th May 19:30 Book Here
Mother Courage Wednesday 10th May 14:30 Book Here
Mother Courage Wednesday 10th May 19:30 Book Here
3 Winters Thursday 11th May 14:30 Book Here
3 Winters Thursday 11th May 19:30 Book Here
Mother Courage Friday 12th May 19:30 Book Here
Mother Courage Saturday 13th May 14:30 Book Here
3 Winters Saturday 13th May 19:30 Book Here