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Dolores has a unique gift. Hank's youth is dead.
Oranges, Macedonian curly tailed pigs, vet bills, bible sales and a creeping sense of violence…
The Dead Monkey premiered at the Barbican Pit in 1986 in a Royal Shakespeare Company production directed by Roger Michell. Since then it has been staged worldwide, including a 1998 London revival, and is widely considered to be Darke’s masterpiece.
Bleakly comic and darkly original, The Dead Monkey examines the sphincter of modern life through the lens of a grimy American marriage, where the relentless march of time has taken its toll on two people with a monkey metaphorically, and literally, on their shoulder.
In commemoration of ten years since Nick Darke's death in 2005, and over fiteen years since it was last staged in London, Mongrel Thumb, together with Falmouth University and the Nick Darke Award, are honoured to present Hannah Price's revival of his masterpiece The Dead Monkey to London audiences.
Writer Nick Darke
Director Hannah Price
Designer Anthony Lamble
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Music and Sound Dave Price
Production Manager Ed Borgnis for Jamie Hendry Productions
Stage Manager Brid Kirby
JAMES LANCE plays HANK.
Theatre credits include JEEVES AND WOOSTER IN PERFECT NONSENSE (ATG at the Duke of York's & UK Tour); CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Leicester Square Theatre); INGREDIENT X (The Royal Court); PYTHONESQUE (Underbelly, Edinburgh); ORDINARY DREAMS (Trafalgar Studios); PIRANDELLO'S HENRY IV (Donmar Warehouse); CHRISTMAS (Bush Theatre/Brighton Pavilion); THE INLAND SEA (Wilton’s Music Hall); PENNY FOR A SONG (Whitehall Theatre); THE BACK ROOM (Bush Theatre); QUEEN CHRISTINA (Labyrinth); BRILLIANT THE DINOSAUR (Kings Head Chichester/RFH). Television Credits include BABYLON; SIBLINGS; TOAST OF LONDON; BLACK MIRROR - THE WALDO MOMENT; BEING HUMAN; MOVING WALLPAPER; MARPLE; BOY MEETS GIRL; NO HEROICS; THE KATY BRAND SHOW; HOTEL BABYLON; BIFFOVISION; THE LAST ENEMY; AND NOW THE WEATHER; AFTERNOON PLAY; LOSING IT; THE IMPESSIONISTS; MIDSOMER MURDERS; SAXONDALE; SENSITIVE SKIN; ABSOLUTE POWER;TOP BUZZER; TEACHERS; RESCUE ME; THE BOOK GROUP; ALWAYS BE CLOSE; 2.4 CHILDREN; PEOPLE LIKE US; SPACED; SMACK THE PONY; THE MARCHIONESS; THEN BRUISER; I'M ALAN PARTRIDGE; WAITING FOR GOD; ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS; CONJUGAL RITES; TEENAGE HEALTH FREAK; THE UPPER HAND; SECOND THOUGHTS; FAMILY MONEY; NOBBY SHANKS; Film credits include THE ESTRANGED; NORTHERN SOUL; THE LOOK OF LOVE; BEL AMI; LEGENDARY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON; THE ROUNDABOUT; MAN IN FEAR; BRONSON; CITY RATS; RUBBISH; MR RIGHT; MARIE ANTOINETTE; HARD TO SWALLOW; CALL REGISTER; LATE NIGHT SHOPPING; IT'S NOT YOU IT'S ME; SUBTERRAIN; SEARCH FOR JOHN GISSING; ONCE AGAIN and FISTFUL OF FINGERS
RUTH GIBSON plays DOLORES.
Theatre credits include; THEATRE UNCUT (Soho and National Tour); INTIMATE EXCHANGES (Mercury Theatre); THE KITCHEN, (National Theatre); PORTMANTEAU (Arcola Theatre); MY WONDERFUL DAY (Stephen Joseph Theatre, New York, and National Tour, nominated for Drama Desk Best Play award); SNAKE IN THE GRASS; LIFE AND BETH; TOUCHWOOD; FORGET ME NOT LANE (SJT); MAN OF THE MOMENT; PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (Theatre Royal, Northampton); INDEPENDENT MEANS (Library Theatre, MEN Best Actress Award); VIEUX CARRE (Library Theatre); ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (Sadler’s Wells); AFTER MRS ROCHESTER (Duke of York’s Theatre, Evening Standard Best Play Award); BLOOD BROTHERS (Phoenix Theatre); and SONNETS (Shakespeare’s Globe). TV credits include BABYLON; THE LITTLEST BOHO; DOCTORS; JUDGE JOHN DEED and THE CULTURE SHOW. Film credits include MOOMINS ON THE RIVIERA and GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL.
CHARLES RESTON plays VET. Theatre credits include ANJIN: THE SHOGUN AND THE ENGLISH SAMURAI (Sadler’s Wells/Tokyo Aoyama Theatre); WEIRD WEATHER (Vaults); MAY FAIR (Latitude) and THE POPE’S WEDDING (The Cock Tavern). Television credits include DOCTORS; JESUS DECODED; CHANNEL 4 COMEDY LAB and CONSENTING ADULTS. Film credits include BURN BURN BURN; CAPTAIN WEBB and THE WHITE COUNTESS.
NICK DARKE (writer)
Nick Darke was born and raised in St Eval, Cornwall, the son of a farmer. He trained as an actor and worked at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke, throughout the 1970s. His first play, Never Say Rabbit in a Boat was performed at the Victoria Theatre in 1978. He won the George Devine award in 1979. He went on to write over twenty plays which have been produced by, amongst others, the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, The Bush, The Lyric Hammersmith, BBC Radio and television. His work is translated and performed regularly throughout the world. After suffering from a stroke in 2001 he lost the ability to speak and write, and while relearning these skills produced and fronted the BBC4 documentary The Wrecking Season, filmed and directed by his wife Jane. He was chairman of St Eval Parish Council. He regarded his greatest personal achievement to be when he and Jane fought to convince the North Cornwall District Council to elliminate the mechanical raking of beaches in North Cornwall. A process damaging for the natural eco-structure of beaches. In 2005 he died of cancer; only four weeks after being diagnosed, aged 56.
HANNAH PRICE (Director)
Hannah is Co-Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Uncut. For Theatre Uncut she has directed KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: KNOWLEDGE IS CHANGE (Traverse/Oran Mor/Soho Theatre/Brighton Dome/Bristol Old Vic/Marlowe Theatre Studio/Liverpool Everyman); REFERENDUM PLAYS (Traverse, with Emma Callander); TU: ISTANBUL (Dot Tiyatro Istanbul for the Istanbul International Theatre Festival/ Traverse); THE RISE OF THE RIGHT (Young Vic, with Emma Callander) and FRAGILE/A BIGGER BANNER (as part of TU 2011, Southwark Playhouse/Soho Theatre/ Latitude). Other work includes BOA (Trafalgar Studios); CELLO/FRAGILE (The Yard); CALL TO PRAYER (Southwark Playhouse); BUD TAKE THE WHEEL, I FEEL A SONG COMING ON (Shaw Theatre/ Underbelly); THAT MOMENT (Kings Head/ Tour/ Underbelly); PORTMANTEAU (Arcola/Bike Shed Exeter) and LOVING OPHELIA (Pleasance). Hannah was Resident Assistant Director at The Donmar Warehouse for 2012 and toured to New York with their all-female production of JULIUS CAESAR. She was also Associate Director on THE MACHINE (Manchester International Festival/ Park Avenue Armoury NY).
ANTHONY LAMBLE (Set & costume designer)
Theatre credits include CLARION; SHRAPNEL: 34 FRAGMENTS OF A MASSACR; GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE; (Arcola); BOA; (Trafalgar Studios); THE DEVIL MASTERS; SPOILING (also Stratford East); CIARA; THE ARTIST MAN AND THE MOTHER WOMAN; THE ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE APPRECIATION SOCIETY (Traverse Theatre); PETER PAN AND THE DESIGNERS OF THE CARIBBEAN (Bloomsbury); THE TEMPEST (RSC/Ohio); OMEROS; ROMEO AND JULIET (The Globe Theatre); THREE SISTERS; SHIVERED (Southwark Playhouse); THE ONE (Soho Theatre); CHARLIE F (UK tour/Toronto); JACKIE THE MUSICAL (Gardyne Theatre, Dundee); SHUSH; THE PASSING; THE EAST PIER; BOOKWORMS; THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); FOR ONCE (Pentabus); RELATIVELY SPEAKING (Watermill); THE COMPLAINT; EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (Hampstead); THE PRICE (West End/Tricycle/Tour); THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE; TRANSLATIONS; SING YER HEART OUT FOR THE LADS; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; AS YOU LIKE IT (National Theatre); MEASURE FOR MEASURE; RICHARD III; THE ROMAN ACTOR; KING BABY (RSC) and THE ENTERTAINER (Old Vic). Resident Production Designer for the Salford Sitcom Showcase (2012-2013) as well as numerous productions for the Royal Court, Menier Chocolate Factory, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Bush Theatre.
Dance and Opera credits include FACING VIV (English National Ballet); L'ORFEO (Japan tour); PALACE IN THE SKY (English National Opera) and BROKEN FICTION (Royal Opera House).
MALCOLM RIPPETH (Lighting Designer)
Malcolm's theatre credits include THE EMPRESS (RSC); SPUR OF THE MOMENT (Royal Court); SIX CHARACTER SIN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR (Headlong/West End); CALENDAR GIRLS (West End/Australia/Canada); THE PROMISE (Donmar Trafalgar); STONES IN HIS POCKETS (Tricycle); THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Soho); DECADE (Headlong at St. Katharine Dock); THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS (Chichester Festival Theatre); BOA (Trafalgar Studios); THE PITCHFORK DISNEY (Arcola); LONDON (Paines Plough); THE DEAD (Abbey, Dublin); AFTER ELECTRA (Plymouth); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (Manchester Royal Exchange); THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Graeae); WEST SIDE STORY (Sage Gateshead); REFUGEE BOY (West Yorkshire Playhouse); HIS DARK MATERIALS (Birmingham Rep); MOON TIGER (Theatre Royal Bath); FLYING INTO DAYLIGHT (Live Theatre); THE BLOODY CHAMBER (Northern Stage); COPENHAGEN (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); TUTTI FRUTTI (National Theatre of Scotland); THE DEVIL INSIDE HIM (National Theatre Wales) and HMS PINAFORE (Guthrie Theater Minneapolis).
As Associate Artist of Kneehigh Theatre: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (West End); TRISTAN AND YSEULT (UK & US tours); DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE (AND OTHER LOVE SONGS); THE WILD BRIDE; THE RED SHOES; WAH! WAH! GIRLS and BRIEF ENCOUNTER (West End and Broadway).
Opera and dance credits include THE CORONATION OF POPPEA (Opera North); ORFEO ED EURIDICE (Buxton Festival); LE NOZZE DE FIGARO (Garsington); SEVEN DEADLY SINS (WNO); CARMEN JONES (Royal Festival Hall) and numerous productions for balletLORENT including RAPUNZEL; DESIGNER BODY and LA NUIT INTIME.
WINNER - Village Voice OBIE 2010 as member of the design team for BRIEF ENCOUNTER
WINNER - Best Lighting Designer, whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award 2009 for BRIEF ENCOUNTER and SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR
NOMINEE - Outer Critics Circle Award for BRIEF ENCOUNTER on Broadway.
DAVE PRICE (Music and Sound)
Theatre credits include original scores and sound designs for: UNCLE VANYA (West Yorkshire Playhouse); BOA (Moya Productions / Trafalgar Studios); ON GOLDEN POND (Salisbury Playhouse); RAT'S TALES (Royal Exchange Manchester); A SOLDIER FOR EVERY SON, MEASURE FOR MEASURE (RSC); FEN (National Theatre Studio / Finborough); ADVENTURES INSIDE (Lyric Hammersmith / Love Productions, Channel 4).
As composer: FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT (National Theatre); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Bristol Old Vic / Handspring); THE WINTER'S TALE (Regent’s Park Theatre); MISSING, INSTITUTE (Gecko).
As composer and performer: THE OVERCOat, TAYLOR'S DUMMIES (Gecko); BEASTS AND BEAUTIES (Hampstead); TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (RSC).
As composer and arranger: THE FUNFAIR (HOME); ALBION (Bush Theatre)
Other credits include: Co-producer of Gwyneth Herbert’s album SEA CABINET (Aldeburgh Music); gigs with Eska; Finn Peters’ Music of the Mind project; and recording with Duke Special (OH PIONEER!) and Regina Spektor (FAR).
Dave Price is a composer, performer and sound designer and is an associate of the award-winning physical theatre company, Gecko. He also co-founded the experimental music collective Noszferatu and has recorded several albums and toured extensively with the pop group Aqualung.
GILLIAN RESTON I Movement and Fights
Theatre Credits include: THEATRE UNCUT (Soho and National Tour); WEIRD WEATHER (VAULT 2015); SUN EYED GIRL (OffCut Festival Finalist);QUIZ (Project Wednesday, Soho Theatre); RISE AND SHINE (OffCut Festival Finalist);ON THE CUSP (Roundhouse Studio); SWEET ENGINEERING OF A LUCID MIND (Hen and Chickens).
Television credits include: L8R (BBC2).
Gillian has trained extensively as a theatre practitioner and has worked as a director, movement director and teacher of theatre since 2005.
ED BORGNIS for JAMIE HENDRY PRODUCTIONS | Production Manager
Recent Production Management includes: CONSTELLATIONS (Royal Court on Tour); BENEFIT (Cardboard Citizens on Tour); ABYSS (Arcola); THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD (Southwark Playhouse); VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Young Vic/Wyndham's), NEVILLE'S ISLAND (Duke of York’s); CHIMERA (Gate), LET IT BE (Garrick); UNCLE VANYA (St James’); FAR AWAY (Young Vic); ONCE A CATHOLIC (Tricycle); THE EMPTY QUARTER (Hampstead).
BRID KIRBY | Stage Manager
Theatre and Comedy Credits include: SHEEPS; WEMBLEY PREVIEWS; JOSEPH MORPURGO; ODESSA (Soho Theatre); DRACULA! MR. SWALLOW: THE MUSICAL (Soho Theatre & Pleasance QueenDome); TIM KEY: SINGLE WHITE SLUT (Pleasance Grand & The Duchess Theatre); ADAM BUXTON: KERNEL PANIC (The Duchess Theatre & Union Chapel); THE SHAPE OF THINGS (Arcola Theatre); HOLES (The Invisible Dot at Portobello Town Hall)
KAT SMITH | Costume Supervisor
Credits as Costume Supervisor include: Matchbox Theatre, Hampstead Theatre; THE STRANGE CASE OF JEKYLL AND HYDE (Lung Ha Theatre Co); SHRAPNEL; 34 FRAGMENTS OF A MASSACRE and A GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE (Arcola); BOA (Trafalgar Studios); THE DEVIL MASTERS; UNFAITHFUL; SPOILING; THE ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE APPRECIATION SOCIETY and ARTIST MAN, MOTHER WOMAN (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); THE TWO WORLDS OF CHARLIE F (UK and International Tour); JACKIE THE MUSICAL (Gardyne Theatre); THE SALON PROJECT; UNTITLED PROJECTS (Citizens Theatre and The Barbican); BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT ( Frantic Assembly, UK and international Tour).
As Associate Costume Designer: THE THREE SISTERS (Southwark Playhouse).
Credits as Costume Designer: LEAVING PLANET EARTH (Grid Iron and Edinburgh International Festival); PAUL BRIGHT'S CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIES SINNER; UNTITLED PROJECTS; ANTIGONE and HUXLEY'S LAB (Lung Ha and Grid Iron, Edinburgh); RED SHOES; THE TRAMWAY; THE NOT SO FATAL DEATH OF GRANDPA FREDO (Vox Motus Theatre Company UK and International Tour).
KATRINA MANSFIELD | Assistant Designer
Theatre credits include: BOA (Trafalgar Studios) Film credits include: THE LAST DAYS OF EDGAR HARDING; KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: KING ARTHUR
JENNY WOODS I Social Media Consultant
Jenny runs the social media agency Jwoo Social. She has previously managed the social media channels for many productions across the West End including: Matilda; Jersey Boys; Dirty Dancing; Billy Elliot; Blythe Spirit; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Ladykillers; Private Lives and many more.
JWoo Social has run social media channels for all Mongrel Thumb productions to date. Other clients include Warner Bros Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter.
Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP
9 June - 4 July 2015
Previews: 9,10,11 (matinee) June
Opening Night: 11 June
Gala Press Night: 16 June
Tue – Sat Evenings 19.45
Thu & Sat Matinees 15.15
£12.50 Tuesdays – Residents with N. London postcode or Under 25s (Proof required, limited availability)
Pay What You Can
Any matinee. Bookable from one hour before the performance, in person at the box office. One ticket per person. Subject to availabilty.
Falmouth University is home to the Nick Darke Award – a stage, screen and radio writing award that recognises Nick Darke’s contribution in these disciplines, with an annual prize of £6,000. This year, on the 10th anniversary of his death, Falmouth is celebrating Nick's achievements through engagement with the world in which he worked. The award will be open for submissions towards the end of 2015.
For more information click here.