Wednesday 19 September 2012 - Saturday 22 September 2012
Chris Goode & Company
When you’re a child you don’t really think... cos you like to live like a child.
Doesn’t really seem you’re just going to be an adult.
Like time flies by and you just want... to, like, stay as a child, but you just enjoy things, the way it goes.
Award-winning writer Chris Goode asked 30 eight to ten year olds to talk about their lives. In Monkey Bars their words are spoken by adults, playing adults in adult situations
A revelatory verbatim show that’s funny, touching and endlessly surprising.
"Translated into adult situations, the words of children take on a new gravity, but also highlight the absurdities of the adult world."
LYN GARDNER, THE GUARDIAN **** (Read the full review)
"If it sounds cute, it certainly is in parts but Goode’s production, featuring his trademark atmospheric soundtrack, is beautifully pitched. On a fluid set of glowing, giant white building blocks, the children’s words are performed with just the right mix of humour and seriousness by an accomplished cast."
THE INDEPENDENT***** (Read the full review)
"The show is beautifully staged, taking full advantage of the contrast that comes from hearing the children’s words spoken by adults: with minimal props, music and subtle lighting, we see the actors talking about the Olympics in a wine-bar, or discussing the state of their generation like two old men on a park bench."
THE TELEGRAPH **** (Read the full review)
"The staging is crisply perfect, switching from beautiful sequences in which one of the uniformly excellent six-strong cast delivers a child's thoughts or description of a dream into a microphone in a warm, glowing light like it was the work of a modernist poet, through to cleverly suggested adult situations - a first date, a job interview, Friday night after work drinks - providing poignant or hilarious counterpoints to the actual words."
WHATSONSTAGE.COM ***** (Read the full review)
"It is a sweet, funny, occasionally sad show that makes beautiful currency out of children’s general inability to speak anything other than their minds."
TIMEOUT **** (Read the full review)
“One of the most exciting talents working in Britain today”
Running time: 1 hr 15 mins (no interval)
Full £8 60+ £8 Conc. £6