Spymonkey - The Complete Deaths

Theatre Company Searches for a local ‘Lady Death’

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Do you have what it takes to play ‘Lady Death?

Spymonkey, the UK’s leading physical comedy company heading to Warwick Arts Centre in October, has put out a call for local lady to play the onstage part of ‘Lady Death’, in a play showcasing all 75 onstage deaths from the works of William Shakespeare.

The theatre company is looking for a female to join them onstage for a non-speaking part, on the 6 and 7 October. ‘The Complete Deaths’ play will see all of the onstage deaths, in Shakespeare’s works, performed by four hilarious clowns. It is a fitting tribute to The Bard in 2016, the year that marks 400 years since his own death.

The show’s director Tim Crouch, explains: “The role is very simple, we need a lady, over 60 years old who will be asked to sit at a table at the side of the stage, with knitting, needlework or a quiz book and ignore what is going on on-stage. We will call this lady, ‘Lady Death’! The important thing is that every time she hears the sound of a buzzer she will press a big red button on the table in front of them. The buzzer will sound 75 times during the performance – one for every death in the show.

The part is billed as the ‘ultimate foil to the clowns’ and the company are asking that the lady is not a performer, but a regular member of the public. What is most important is that she will respond to the challenge of keeping a straight face and not getting caught up in the action.

Tim continues: “She’ll wear her own everyday clothes – nothing fancy. The invitation to ‘death’ is to ignore everything else, just as death does…. We’ll supply her with puzzle books and magazines – and maybe a tin of boiled sweets. She’s welcome to bring knitting or needlework. We encourage her to be self-effacing; to not ‘perform’ but just to ‘be’ in her own world. It will be a world that provides a brilliant counterbalance to the frenzy of the Spymonkey performance. In the interval she’ll leave the stage and have a cup of tea with the company. And then return for the second half.”

‘Lady Death’ needs to arrive at stage door 30mins before the show where they will be met by the Spymonkey Stage Manager, Andy McCabe, who will show them exactly what to do and will introduce them to the performers. No rehearsal is required. Andy will look after them throughout the performance and make sure they are where they need to be during the evening.

If you think you would like to take up the role, or if you know of someone who would relish the challenge, then please get in touch with Warwick Arts Centre on press.artscentre@warwick.ac.uk

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