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2017 UK Tour

19 – 30 Sep
Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London
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06 – 07 Oct
The Media Factory, Preston

10 – 14 Oct
Northern Stage, Newcastle
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16 – 21 Oct
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
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24 – 25 Oct
Aberystwyth Arts Centre

27 Oct
Connaught Theatre,
Worthing
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31 Oct – 01 Nov
Nuffield Theatres,
Southampton

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03 – 04 Nov
The Lowry, Salford
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07 – 08 Nov
Exeter Phoenix
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10 – 11 Nov
Theatre Royal Margate
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14 – 15 Nov
Hartlepool Town Hall
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17 – 18 Nov
Unity Theatre, Liverpool
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Fuel, in association with Stratford Circus Arts Centre, presents
Gyre & Gimble’s 

 


 

 

 

 


Written by Carl Grose
Inspired by the urban myth

In 1815, during the of the Napoleonic Wars, a French warship is wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool. Only a brave young cabin girl and the ship’s mascot, a chimpanzee in French naval uniform, survive and make it to shore. But the townsfolk, having never seen a real Frenchman before, mistake the costumed ape for a French spy, condemning him to a life-or-death trial. What will the verdict be – and can the cabin girl, along with the local children, save the day?

The legend of The Hartlepool Monkey has survived the test of time, capturing the imaginations of people of all ages for over 200 years, and landing here, on the shores of the 21st century, more relevant than ever. A boisterous crew will use thrilling stagecraft, spirited sea shanties and a mischievous chimpanzee puppet to tell this timely tale that explores xenophobia – its causes and consequences –  whilst celebrating mankind’s ability to overcome prejudice.

For adults and children, families and schools. Ages 10+

#HartlepoolMonkey

Supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, The Wellcome Trust, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

 

Creative Team

Directors Finn Caldwell & Toby Olié
Set & Costume Designer Samuel Wyer
Composer Adam Pleeth
Lighting Designer Matt Daw
Sound Designer Alma Kelliher
Puppet Design Finn Caldwell & Toby Olié
Puppet Fabrication Stitches and Glue Ltd

Cast

Napoleon a chimpanzee  Fred Davis
Clémence  Rebecca Collingwood
Eric  Jonathan Dryden Taylor
Billy  John Trindle
Betty/Major Hornscrock  Rachel Sanders
Doctor Cottrill-Bent  James Duke
Preacher Pike  Baker Mukasa

 

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