A cross-arts adventure into Jungle Music and theatre. Suitman Jungle takes his lunch breaks with his cocktail drum kit out in the square mile relieving himself of the woes of work.
Currently in development.
Writer / Director
Part fiction, part autobiography, Black Dog God Fish tells the story of one employee’s quest to liberate the fish - and himself - from an aquarium the holiday season left behind.
Using evocative visual story-telling and featuring an unlikely friendship with a dead, revenge-seeking goldfish, Black Dog Gold Fish explores one man’s unwhirling mind and his journey into the abyss of depression.
The show was first performed at the Vault Festival London 2015 and produced by the good people of Kickstarter. We continue developing Black Dog throughout 2016 with the kind support of Arts Council England.
"...a wild, surreal, knockabout comedy with a beating heart bursting with pathos and emotion that manages to be hilarious and heartbreaking."
Exeunt - read more
★★★★★ "Raw, funny, honest... Heartfelt."
The New Current - read more
★★★ - "a bizarre and often funny challenge to persistent and insidious stigmas"
The Stage - read more
"As hilarious as it can get, and so on the button depicting mental illness and the dark side.. brilliant"
Ruby Wax OBE
"Black Dog Gold Fish is a work of exquisite melancholy and joy. It’s rare for a clown show to mean so much. Sam Bailey creates both a wildly inventive landscape as well a complex metaphorical space in which to tackle ideas of depression and alienation. The deeper issues in the show creep up on you by stealth. Our laughter becomes brilliantly problematised; what seems like playful simplicity becomes increasingly and symbolically charged. Bailey has a sure theatrical eye. His images resonate; his rhythms lure and lull and ultimately shock. I’m excited to see what he does next."
An article I wrote for CALM Magazine
Depression is like a fairytale villain. When you start talking about it, it shrinks... read more
In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, direct from sold out shows in London’s West End and Australia, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage - aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school - Bryony. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches them that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break - as long as nothing goes
★★★★ - "These are writers and performers who live on the more inventive edge of the comedy scene... they deserve to be cherished."
The Times - read more
★★★★ - “Expect tears of laughter"
Gay Times - read more
★★★★★ - "There aren’t many shows that once you’ve finished watching, you go straight to the box office to buy tickets to see it again."
West End Wilma - read more
★★★★ - “A roller coaster ride of beheadings, incest and war”
The West Australian - read more
"I came away from the theatre feeling slightly angry, if truth be told. I feel like I’m an open person, however my sense of humour is selective. The audience seemed to enjoy it."
A Younger Theatre - bloody kids!
🏆London Evening Standard Critics Choice🏆
🏆Metro Critics Choice🏆
🏆The Times Critics Choice🏆
🏆The West Australian Critics Choice🏆
Touring Cast - Ali Brice, Ceri Murphy, Libby Northedge
Original Cast - Ali Brice, Libby Northedge, Mark Davison.
Writers - Toby Park, Andrew Doyle, Dan Evans & Jon Brittain
Producer - Alex Jarrett
Set/Costume Design - Anisha Fields & Madeau Christou
Production Manager - Gareth Risdale
Stage Manager - Michaela Cervanokova / Jayne Westlake / Lydia Rickards
Tech Manager - Greg Smith / Karl Westlake
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare - 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus.
The complete onstage deaths of Shakespeare range from the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there’s the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths.
Spymonkey will perform them all - sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ‘seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns' (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.
★★★★ “The Complete Deaths is a case of vigour mortis”
★★★★ “A unique examination of mortality that – literally – buzzes with energy”
★★★★★ “Superb comic catalogue of Shakespearean murder and mayhem”
The Arts Desk
★★★★★ “Deathly fun… Unadulterated theatrical playfulness.”
A Younger Theatre (Thanks kids!)
★★★★★ “unique blend of physical comedy with sharp satire”
“Bloody good fun in the goriest possible way”
“Lively intelligence at work”
“As the deaths come quick, fast, and funny, Shakespeare’s most haunting words retain their power.”
"A delight from it’s first to last gasping, broken breath”
Performed by Spymonkey : Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss,
Petra Massey & Toby Park
Adapted and directed by Tim Crouch
Created by Tim Crouch & Spymonkey
Designed by Lucy Bradridge
Lighting design by Phil Supple
Music by Toby Park
Choreography by Theo Clinkard / Janine Fletcher
Video Director Sam Bailey
Assistant Director Lucy Skilbeck
Voice Coach Nia Lynn for RSC
Production Management Mat Ort
Technical Manager Reg Scott
Stage Manager Andy McCabe
design intern Dolly Nelly Grey
lighting design associate Anna Barrett
Produced by Emily Coleman
Writer / Director
A jamboree by four of the most misguided scouts to ever don a woggle. The audience is guided through several survival tips, badges and deeply disturbing existential crises lead by a scout leader and his troop of terrifyingly warped scouts. From responsible defecation to eagle communication, this is an hour that you won't forget, or you will really try your hardest to. But no matter what, it is their duty to inform you of scout things.
🏆WINNER - GINGER WIG AWARD, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015🏆
"frightening, absurd and hysterical" read more
★★★★★ "Standard scout practices were subverted by these wild clowns, skewed out of all recognition into some off-the-wall crazy comedy, that left the crowd roaring with laughter. This reporter did not stop laughing throughout, a testament to their comedy. This was unique, original and different from anything else we had seen at the Fringe."
Ginger Wig - read more
Writer / Director
In collaboration with The Young Vic's education department, Parrot in the Tank devised and directed a sensory show with 30+ autistic children to empower them to narrate and be the focus of the story.
Basecamp follows a journey of young explorers travelling across snowy mountains and discovering challenges to overcome as well as appreciating the small things nature has to offer.
Basecamp was a sensory show devised with the children to empower them to narrate and be the focus of the story.
"an outstanding achievement"
David Lan - Artistic Director, The Young Vic
"Just returned from my amazing adventure to Base Camp @YVTakingPart's SEN show with mesmerising #ParrotTank #woollyhatsofjoy"
Natalie Abrahami - Director, (via Twitter)
Directed and Devised by Parrot In The Tank and the wonderful children of Southwark
Produced by Imogen Brodie & Georgia Dale
Performed at The Maria stage, The Young Vic
This is the way the world ends… not with a bang, but with a sniffle. Gaulier graduate Neil Sinclair presents a new show about how to go viral, the old-fashioned way. Featuring clown-like storytelling and medical utensils, Neil paints a picture of a city in the grip of a pandemic. A one-man, dark comedy that promises its audience that help is probably not on the way.
🏆 NOMINATED - BEST NEW PLAY - PRAGUE FRINGE 2016 🏆
"An increasingly witty and acerbic account of a post-apocalyptic world... Colourful, crazy and strangely entertaining, it's all certainly memorable."
Views From The Gods - read more
Michael Calcott's Fringey Bits - read more
Performer - Neil Sinclair
Co-Directed with Lucy Hopkins
Written by Neil Sinclair
Produced by Vis a Vis Theatre
Invited back to work with the Young Vic's Outreach & Education programme in 2015, Parrot in the Tank devised and directed this immersive show with 30+ autistic children from the neighbouring boroughs as a response to Richard Jones' main house production of The Trial by Franz Kafka.
Featuring Rory Kinnear, the show unfolds in a surreal factory that proves or disproves the case against the novel's main protagonist, K. It was devised and designed around the children's ideas and in a way that enabled them to take control of the scenes throughout the
Created by Parrot In The Tank
Associate Director Joe Connor
Design by Anisha Fields
Music by Max Perryment
Lighting Design by Sam Smith
Produced by Rob Lehmann and The Young Vic
Bound by blood and ambition, character comedians and real-life sisters Maddy and Marina Bye, set sail on their maiden voyage.
Combing physical comedy and Gaulier trained clowning, these blessed sisters bring you treasures from the east and warnings from the future.
Performing their unique, absurd shows both nationally and internationally, Siblings are slowly, vey slowly, carving their name onto the comedy firmament.
"Watch out for these gals"
"If you go to see these hilarious sisters you are inadvertently endangering their young lives because , frankly, we don't need another funny double act do we?!?! No we don't. Laugh and I will end them..." Dawn French
"Sisters are doing it for themselves, and by it I mean being REALLY FUNNY. I love these girls."