'Monkey' is a new dark comedy about an organ grinder, his wife, and their monkey.
A few months ago, you could have found Barbara leaping from tree to tree in the depths of a distant jungle. Now she works for an organ grinder on the boardwalks of the English seaside, dancing for spare change and having a thoroughly miserable time. Anxious, trapped and bored to tears, Barbara finds solace in the company of the organ grinder’s wife – but can either of them escape from the lives they never wanted? After all, people can't resist giving money to a monkey.
'Monkey' was written by Offie-nominated David K. Barnes (Wooden Overcoats, Birthday Suit, Doctor Who) specifically for director John Rushton based on their decade of working together, and was previously presented as a work in progress at the Drayton Arms (alongside sister piece 'Timothy', which appeared at Vault 2018).
Formed in 2015, TumbleDry Theatre is run by John Rushton, Jenni Goodchild, Robin Hellier and Connor Jones. Their debut production was 'Timothy / Monkey'. They produced four new writing productions across London and the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 ('Trilogy of Horrors', 'Trilogy of Romance', 'Trilogy of Myths' and 'The Many Deaths of Edgar Allan Poe'), and have several new writing projects planned for 2019.
John Rushton studied Direction at LAMDA and has since explored different approaches to storytelling in West End shows such as 'Soulless'; a modern, all-female production of Faust. As the artistic director of TumbleDry Theatre he has staged Anthony Nielson's 'The Wonderful World of Dissocia' and 'A Soldier and Death' in London, most recently completing a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe with 'Trilogy of Horrors' at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
David K Barnes is the creator of the critically acclaimed podcast sitcom 'Wooden Overcoats'. His stage plays include the Offie-nominated 'Birthday Suit', 'Games of Love and Chance', and the internationally produced 'Timothy', whilst audio credits include 'Doctor Who' and 'The Discovery Adventures'. He wrote 'Monkey' specifically for John Rushton based on their decade of working on stage productions together.
Beth Eyre is an actor, voice-over artist, producer and director. She is the creator of Snatchback, a brand new audio and theatre production company specialising in female-led stories. As an actor, Beth is best known as the voice of Antigone Funn in 'Wooden Overcoats', for which she also produces live shows, currently in its third series.
(TBA when full cast confirmed)
Praise for previous work by TumbleDry Theatre:
The Wee Review - "Masters of storytelling."
FringeGuru - "Inspired... engaging... heart-rending."
FemaleArts - "Funny, surreal and full of energy... Rushton manages to display a similar deft hand at handling psychological complexities of this production."
Praise for previous work by David K Barnes at VAULT:
LondonTheatre1 - "Great comic timing... witty repartee... peppered laugh-out-loud moments."
Miro Magazine - "Snappy writing and unnerving delivery."
The Stage - "Enormous fun, particularly in the quick-fire exchanges ... particularly rich comic chemistry."
Upper Circle Theatre - "Unchartered and original territory, full of over the top characters and perfect comedic timing."