Chris Goode and Company presents
Tue 5 - Wed 6 Nov 2013 | 7.30pm (75 mins) | £12/£10
A funny, inventive and surprising show about how children really see the world.
Written and directed by Chris Goode
Dialogues originated by Karl James
Designed by Naomi Dawson
Lighting Design by Colin Grenfell
Featuring an established cast of theatre/TV actors including: Philip Bosworth, Angela Clerkin, Christian Roe, Gwyneth Strong (Cassandra – Only Fools & Horses) & Gordon Warnecke
When you’re a child you don’t really think… cos you like to live like a child.
Doesn’t really seem you’re just going to be an adult.
Like time flies by and you just want… to, like, stay as a child, but you just enjoy things, the way it goes.
Award-winning writer Chris Goode asked forty 8- to 10-year-olds to talk about their lives. About being scared, getting lost, being brave, growing up. About the adult world that surrounds and awaits them. About family and faith and their favourite sweets.
In Monkey Bars, their words are spoken by adults – playing adults in adult situations. This funny and endlessly surprising verbatim show offers a revelatory insight into the things children are trying to tell us about their lives that we don’t always hear.
Praise for Monkey Bars:
“It is a sweet, funny, occasionally sad show that makes beautiful currency out of children’s general inability to speak anything other than their minds.”
★★★★ Time Out
“Goode’s production, featuring his trademark atmospheric soundtrack, is beautifully pitched… an eye-opening, refreshing pleasure.”
“Hilarious and poignant by turns… beautifully staged.”
★★★★ The Telegraph
“Monkey Bars gently grabs you by the heart and the mind and doesn’t stop showing you things and making you think and feel for the full extent of its 1 hour 15 minute duration… It moves you. It makes you think. It makes you laugh and it makes you well up more than once. Most of all, it will make you wonder why we adults don’t take children a lot more seriously.”
“The words of children take on a new gravity… It makes us hear them and take what they have to say – in all its wit, wisdom and absurdity – very seriously indeed.”
“A cool, sobering and quietly passionate reality check… the intensity of the process of listening that has shaped this show is both humbling and deeply moving.”
★★★★ Scotsman (Fringe First winner)
“Heartbreaking and hilarious, and often overwhelming. After it, you’ll never hear children in the same way again.”
“The play is startling, funny and heartbreaking… It’s utterly joyous, often provocative and extraordinarily moving. Wise and wondrous stuff.”
A Chris Goode & Company and Unicorn Theatre co-production in association with Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.
Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and The Brewhouse.
Supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and National Theatre Studio.
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