shows / Oedipussy



In an attempt to escape their destiny in being all-too-widely recognised as the creators of some of the funniest, riotously surreal work of the last decade, Spymonkey turn their unique brand of inspired theatrical invention to the greatest of tragic tales in order to establish their legacy as the greatest tragic geniuses of their generation. Like Oedipus himself, however, they discover that eluding destiny is no mean feat.


Spymonkey’s hilariously inspired physical comedy combines with the playful storytelling verve of Kneehigh artistic director Emma Rice and writing partner Carl Grose to create an outrageous no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy. Inspired by Barbarella and a little bit of Bond, this is a tale of the ultimate dysfunctional family: a jealous father, a messed-up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy.


‘Joyously inventive retelling of the Oedipus legend’ Evening Standard CRITICS CHOICE 

‘A show stuffed with talent, and a true sense of tragedy.’ Scotsman

‘Riotous laughter. Funny but shocking. Spymonkey deliver’ The Guardian

‘The only scratching of your eyes you’ll be doing is to wipe away the tears of laughter.’

‘Quite rare, quite wonderful, and not to be missed.’ Libby Purves, Theatrecat

‘So funny… Hellenic delirium’ Metro

‘Marvellously high-serious title song… Supremely witty costumes… Pulls off a major surprise’ Variety

‘An outrageous night of comedy… Hilariously tasteless’ British Theatre Guide

‘If there’s a funnier theatre company out there, I can’t think of it’ The Times

‘The clowning is, as always with this extraordinarily talented troupe, timed to perfection’ WhatsOnStage

‘Endlessly inventive’ The Stage

‘Eclectic, cheeky, audacious and very funny. A fabulous night out’ The Public Reviews


Performed by Spymonkey: Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey & Toby Park

Directed and Adapted by Emma Rice

Written by Carl Grose & Spymonkey

Costume Design Lucy Bradridge

Set Design Michael Vale

Lighting Design Phil Supple

Original Music Neil Filby & Toby Park

Sound Design Simon Baker

General & Production Manager Cath Bates

Assistant Director Ian Nicholson

Stage Manager Lyndsey Holmes / Panny Elrington

Production LX Donna Matthews / Barry Abbotts

Sound Andy Graham / Roger Volkart / Jo McIlwaine

Production Assistant Andrew McCabe

Poster Design Feast / Tork

Poster Illustration The Red Dress

Studio Stills Photography Alexis Chabala

Production Photography Johann Persson

Video Gallery

Production Photos


Unit 7b Level 3 North, New England House,
New England St, Brighton BN1 4GH


Spymonkey is resident ensemble company at Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

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