Spymonkey - Cooped (5 stars)


This article is from 2006.

Drawing room dramas have been a long established British favourite, where the coiffed aristocracy engage in witty banter amidst their sumptuous surroundings. As far as comedy is concerned, we do love our slapstick. This bold young company, Spy Monkey, have tapped into these preferences, adopting the basics from both and expertly blending them with physical comedy, a whodunnit style plot and camp horror film acting to create Cooped.

Set in a grand house in Northumberlandshirehampt, a handsome tragic hero, a beautiful orphaned heroine, an intriguing inspector and an utterly insane butler take to the stage. Laura Du Lay arrives as personal secretary to Forbes Murdston while he traces his family tree. As they learn they’re both orphans, their work brings them closer together, but will the class divide, her farting fits and vivid dreams or his seemingly schizophrenic tendencies come between their love?

This rip-roaring comedy has jaw-achingly funny scenes; there’s a take off of Japanese style filmmaking, unexpected naked dancing, and a perfectly crafted Steps-esque routine. Incidentally, watch out for the random birds.

You hardly have time to catch your breath. These four comedy actors are at the very top of their game, and are not afraid to experiment with boundaries, blur the lines between comic styles and take risks which almost always pay off. A special mention must go to Petra Massey, whose agile body could have a whole show to itself. Do not miss this hilarious comedy concoction. (Greer Ogston)

Assembly @ George Street, 226 2428, until 28 Aug, 5.20pm, £13-£14 (£11-£12).

This article is from 2006.


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