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Saturday 21 April 2018

Spymonkey Joins Cast For David Shrigley's New Alt/Pop Pantomime Problem in Brighton

Spymonkey's Stephan Kreiss will join Scottish actor Pauline Knowles in the world première of Problem in Brighton, a brand new alt-rock/pop pantomime written and directed by Brighton Festival 2018 Guest Director David Shrigley.

A member of the anarchic Brighton-based troupe since 2000, Kreiss has performed in all of Spymonkey's productions to date including Stiff, Cooped (Brighton Festival 2006), Zumanity, Bless, Moby Dick, Oedipussy (Brighton Festival 2008) and hit Brighton Festival 2016 commission The Complete Deaths.
 
On being cast in the show, Stephen Kreiss says: "When David Shrigley and Brighton Festival asked me to come and play a one-stringed electric guitar in Mr Shrigley's show "Problem in Brighton" I thought, ah excellent, hopefully it will be a G-string. 

"After laughing a lot at my pretty funny joke I then informed Herr Shrigley that despite my abilities as an air-guitarist, I am not the most musical of all the Spymonkeys and he would be much better to employ Toby Park, who can do all that poncey music stuff. 


"But Herr Shrigley insisted on using me. I am here in Brighton today to meet him, he is probably already regretting his decision. But it will be too late. My G-string awaits the caress of my artful fingers."

Problem in Brighton will be the second time that Pauline Knowles has worked with Shrigley, having previously appeared in his 2011 opera Pass the Spoon, featuring TV chefs June Spoon and Philip Fork, a manic-depressive egg and a host of other surreal characters.

A follow-on from previous incarnations of the work - Problem in Toulouse and Problem in New York -  Problem in Brighton promises to be a brash mix of live music, theatre, storytelling and visual art. 

Kreiss and Knowles will be accompanied by the Problem Band, led by Brighton musician Lee Baker, using instruments created from Shrigley's illustrations - all of which have one string and the frets in the wrong place.

Of the content of the show, David Shrigley says: "The music will be very interesting. The performers will perform very well (it is part of their contract). 

"The venue will be clean and tidy. Beer will be available to purchase. Latecomers will be admitted (unless the show has already finished)."

Problem in Brighton at The Old Market, Hove, 10th-12th May 2018. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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