Fourth Monkey Ensemble

Fourth Monkey Ensemble is the multi-award nominated professional touring arm of Fourth Monkey. The Ensemble create original work under the direction of Artistic Director Steve Green with an emphasis on forgotten stories and those told by unheard or silenced voices. The work of the Ensemble is physical, dynamic, and visceral in it’s composition, telling stories that are raw, real and powerful with movement, sound, text and design all central to the collaborative creation of what we strive to be exciting and original new theatre.

Following a successful debut at the Edinburgh Fringe with A Clockwork Orange back in 2010, Fourth Monkey Ensemble has been creating work that has challenged theatrical convention and form to critical acclaim. The ACE funded national tour of Elephant Man followed in 2014/15 along with the successful Edinburgh Fringe transfer of The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and the Mona Lisa.

Most recently Fourth Monkey co-produced the sell-out The Woman and the Canvas with Theatre Re for the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.

With new projects scheduled for 2020, Fourth Monkey Ensemble is looking forward to further successes as the company enters its 10th Anniversary Year.

New Project in Research and Development:

In the Shadow of Walls

Three fictional stories interweave in one parallel story of borders, surveillance and separation. Spanning 60 years and three generations, ‘In the Shadow of Walls’ takes us from East Berlin in 1961 through a unified Berlin in 1991 to Britain in the near future of 2021. Performed in the Fourth Monkey style, mixing physicality with a keen eye for our current human condition.
We are hoping to première this new play on 3 October 2020 – the 30th anniversary of German reunification – and to tour it through autumn/winter 2020 and spring 2021 (funding dependent).
For tour booking enquiries please contact our Producer Tanja Raaste via or call 0207 281 0360

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Core Creative Team

Steven Green – Artistic Director
Steve is a writer, director and is the founder of Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company. He trained under the instruction of practitioners such as John Wright (Trestle, Told by an Idiot), Steve Tiller (The Wedding Collective), John Topping and Huw Thomas.

Directing credits include: Titus Andronicus, Tamburlaine the Great Part I & II, Julius Caesar, Plasticine, Ascension Part I & II, The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and the Mona Lisa, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nights at the Circus, Elephant Man, 4.48 Psychosis, A Clockwork Orange, The Penelopiad, The Love of the Nightingale, The Pope and the Witch, The Crucible, Waiting for Godot, The Caretaker, Metamorphosis, Pass it on, The Creation of the World and other business, Overdue, Left Luggage, Oh What a Lovely War, Shelter, Playing the Victim, A Game of two Halves and Inamorata.

Charleen Qwaye – Director and Choreographer
Charleen is the co-founder of Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, directing the organisation’s training programmes and pedagogy. Charleen’s twenty years working as a practitioner, actor, director and choreographer both nationally and internationally – from the National Theatre to the iconic Admiralspalast in Berlin – has enabled her to draw on her vast experience as both a performer and creative in developing the unique Fourth Monkey training.

Her theatre work includes: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National), Our Country’s Good, A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Tobacco, Bristol), Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse), The Taming of the Shrew, Doubt (Landor), The Full Monty (New Players Theatre & Catford Broadway Theatre), Chicago, Chess the Musical, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Oh! What A Night!, Viva La Diva (UK Tour), Classical Spectacular (Royal Albert Hall), The Blues Brothers (US & European Tour) and This is the Night (Richmond), as well as Angels in America (Workshop, National).

Her directorial credits with Fourth Monkey include: 4:48 Psychosis (co-directed with Steve Green; London & Edinburgh Fringe), The Peculiar Tale Of Pablo Picasso and The Mona Lisa (Director, Fourth Monkey, Brockley Jack), The White Devil (The Monkey House) and Elephant Man (Movement Director, Edinburgh Fringe and national tour for Fourth Monkey Ensemble).

Tanja Raaste – Producer
Tanja is an international creative producer of theatre, dance and cultural events of 20+ years experience – she has joined the Fourth Monkey team to work on its professional ensemble productions.  Tanja has specialised in site-specific, interactive, immersive and movement-based work and new writing; but most of all, working with people and companies with passion and something to say.

Tanja founded Nordic Nomad productions, and teaches ‘Business for Performers’.  She has worked with ZU-UK, The Movement Factory and Collage Dance Theatre and Centre for New Performance in LA, amongst others.  Some productions include Elaine Avila’s ‘Quality’, performed in a shoe boutique during London Fashion week; ‘Keep it Movin’ – a celebration of street-dance with 300 young performers;  an ambitious ’The Visit of the Old Lady’ with a cast of 70; and the CalArts Centre for New Theatre’s acclaimed site-specific ‘King Lear’ at the Dijon festival.

Zahra Mansouri – Designer

Pablo Fernandez Baz – Lighting Designer

Simone Coxall – Movement Director

Past Productions

Elephant Man

“Elephant Man” is one of the must-see shows of the year so far and if I could give it 10 stars I would but even that wouldn’t be enough praise for such an amazing, compelling, thought provoking and unforgettable production.”

***** London Theatre

“Theatre at it’s most inventive, with a story to tell that is of its own time and of ours”
**** The Stage

“Innovative storytelling at it’s best”
**** A Younger Theatre

“An unforgettable production … skilfully executed and flawlessly acted”
**** Broadway Baby

Watch the Elephant Man trailer here

The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and the Mona Lisa

“Truly unique and masterful”
***** Everything Theatre

“Vividly imagined and cleverly conceived”
**** The Stage

“A stunning story of Picasso, shown the way Picasso might have seen it.”
**** Three Weeks

The Woman and the Canvas
(co-production with Theatre Re)

“Exquisitely formed and perfectly executed”
***** The British Theatre Guide

“A masterpiece”
***** Edinburgh Guide

“Most audience members can scarcely believe their eyes”
**** Fest

Watch The Woman and the Canvas trailer here

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