Monkey Bars was an award-winning verbatim show developed out of conversations with over 40 children aged between seven and 10, conducted by Karl James (director of The Dialogue Project and co-director of Tim Crouch’s work).
The candid conversations focused on moments of transition and change; on being scared, getting lost, being brave, growing up; and on their perspective on the adult world that surrounds and awaits them.
Writer/director Chris Goode and an ensemble of six actors worked with full transcripts of these conversations, carefully reshaping the children’s exchanges to create around them a variety of adult characters and situations.
Reframing the dialogues by transplanting them into the world of grown-ups, Monkey Bars offered an adult audience a revelatory insight into what children are trying to tell us about their lives that we don’t always hear.
The show premiered at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won a Fringe First Award and subsequently sold out runs in Edinburgh and London.
You can buy the text of Monkey Bars from our publishers at Oberon.
Created by Chris Goode & Company
Writer/Director/Sound – Chris Goode
Dialogue Artist – Karl James
Designer – Naomi Dawson
Lighting Designer – Colin Grenfell
Production Manager – Helen Mugridge
Producer – Ric Watts
Cast – Philip Bosworth, Angela Clerkin, Jacquetta May (2012), Christian Roe, Gwyneth Strong, Cathy Tyson (2013), Gordon Warnecke
A Chris Goode & Company and Unicorn Theatre co-production
Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and The Brewhouse
Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England
Unicorn Theatre, London
Warwick Arts Centre
Drum Theatre, Plymouth
The Brewhouse, Taunton
10-week UK tour