We revitalise classic experimental drama. Taking strange, daring plays by great writers, we bring them to life in unexpected ways. Good writing shouldn't be left on the page. It deserves to be heard. At a Monkfish show, each classic script becomes an immersive live experience. In February 2015, Monkfish Theatre's re-imagining of Sweeney Agonistes, T.S. Eliot's unfinished dark jazz cabaret, completed a sell-out run in Scotland. In August 2015, Monkfish Theatre will be reviving its acclaimed 2014 production of Samuel Beckett's Roughs (For Radio) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
ROUGHS (FOR RADIO) by Samuel Beckett --- 8.30PM, August 5th-31st, C Venues, Edinburgh
'I have come... to listen.' A rare chance to experience two of Samuel Beckett’s most unsettling comedies, live. Voices emerge from the darkness to bribe, cajole and torture each other. They laugh. They cry. They do the paperwork. This haunting double-bill remained virtually unheard, until last year's historic Cambridge run. Following the success of these critically acclaimed readings, Beckett’s Roughs now make their Edinburgh premiere. You won’t see it coming.
With the support of the Antony Tudor Trust and the University of St Andrews. This amateur production of 'Rough for Radio I' and 'Rough for Radio II' is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.
SWEENEY AGONISTES by T.S. Eliot --- Secret location, St Andrews, April 2015
'Exquisite... a thrilling bombardment of poetic and theatrical genius' - The Saint
ROUGHS (FOR RADIO) by Samuel Beckett--- Secret Location, Cambridge, February-March 2014
* * * * Varsity | * * * * The Tab | 9 / 10 TCS
PRAISE FOR SWEENEY AGONISTES
'A theatre experience unlike any I had experienced in St Andrews... this unique experience should not be missed' THE STAND
'Incredible... daring... [Monkfish Theatre’s] production is not only praiseworthy for the risk taken in staging such a sensitive play, but it is also revolutionary in its own form.' THE TRIBE
'Exquisite... a thrilling bombardment of poetic and theatrical genius.' THE SAINT
'Refreshing... charismatic, engaging, and original' OWL EYES
The Tribe review: http://www.thetribeonline.com/2015/05/theatre-review-sweeney-agonistes/
PRAISE FOR ROUGHS (FOR RADIO)
'Gut-wrenchingly human... immensely effective' VARSITY
'Wonderfully creepy... there's nothing quite like it' THE TAB
'Vivid and affecting' TCS
Varsity review: http://www.varsity.co.uk/reviews/6964
"Dark" (The Times)
"Dark" (BBC Radio Cambridgeshire)
"Dark" (The Saint)
Photography (c) Simon Halliday
Friends of Monkfish Theatre:
Rachel Tookey, Andrew Shanks, Catriona Scott, Kilmeny Denny, Silvio Azzopardi, Miguel Azzopardi, Lottie Garton, Ed Martin, Terence Fane-Saunders and Simon Halliday.