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Monkey Bars - Unicorn Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DUE TO popular demand, Chris Goode’s acclaimed Monkey Bars returns to the Unicorn Theatre, where it runs from Wednesday, January 9 to Saturday, January 26, 2013.

The award-winning verbatim show, co-produced with the Unicorn, was developed out of conversations with seventy two children aged between eight and ten, from a number of schools across London.

Monkey Bars captures these candid conversations and focuses on moments of transition and change; on being scared, getting lost, growing up; and on their perspective on the adult world that surrounds and awaits them.

Award-winning writer/director Chris Goode and an ensemble of six actors worked with transcripts of these conversations, carefully re-shaping the children’s exchanges to create a variety of adult characters and situations.

Reframing the dialogues by transplanting them into the world of grown-ups, Monkey Bars offers an adult audience a revelatory insight into what children are trying to tell us about their lives that we don’t always hear.

This production follows the Unicorn’s artistic policy under Purni Morell, of producing work aimed at adults about children, alongside the theatre’s programme designed for younger audiences.

The cast includes Philip Bosworth, Angela Clerkin, Jacquetta May, Christian Roe, Gwyneth Strong and Gordon Warnecke.

Monkey Bars premiered at the Traverse Theatre during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won a Scotsman Fringe First award for excellence and innovation in new writing.

Writer, performer and director Chris Goode’s extensive work includes God/Head (2012 with OvalHouse), The Adventures of Wound Man And Shirley (2009, with Contact) and …Sisters (2008, with Headlong and The Gate). He also recently wrote and directed for the Bush Theatre’s epic performance cycle Sixty Six Books (2011).

Monkey Bars was co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and The Brewhouse and supported by the Jerwood Charitable Trust, Traverse Theatre and National Theatre Studio.

Written, directed and with sound design by Chris Goode, Monkey Bars has dialogues originated by Karl James and is designed by Naomi Dawson, with lighting by Colin Grenfell.

Running Time: 75 minutes.

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The Prince and The Pauper continues at the Unicorn Theatre until January 13, 2013.

Also at the Unicorn Theatre – from January 31 to March 6, 2013 – Liar, Liar.