Spymonkey joins new pantomime Problem in Brighton

Spymonkey joins cast for David Shrigley’s new alt/pop pantomime ‘Problem in Brighton.’

Spymonkey theatre member, Stephan Kreiss, is the latest to be cast in the brand-new alternative rock/pop pantomime, Problem in Brighton, performing at The Old Market in Hove on 10–12 May.

 Kreiss will join Scottish actor Pauline Knowles in the world Premiere of the Brighton based pantomime, written and directed by Brighton Festival 2018 Guest Director David Shrigley.

As a member of the Brighton based Spymonkey troupe since 2000, described by Time Magazine as ‘four seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns’ Kreiss has performed in all Spymonkey productions to date including at the Brighton Festival 2006 and 2008.

On being cast in Problem in Brighton Stephen Kreiss says: “When David Shrigley and Brighton Festival asked me to come and playa 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 follows previous incarnations of the work, Problem in Toulouse and Problem in New York.The show promises to combine a mix of music live, theatre, storytelling and visual art. Kreiss and Knowles will work with the Problem Band, led by Brighton musician Lee Baker, using instruments created from Shrigley’s illustrations – 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).”

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