Monkey Theatre started in 2005 as a theatre club for children and young people where they could participate in high quality drama, and which would give every student plenty of opportunities to perform.
Each summer the Monkey Theatre groups perform plays in the professional theatre space of the Riverhouse Arts Centre (see gallery for pics of previous shows).
There are however no auditions for Monkey Theatre because, as Artistic Director Jo says 'Everyone has something to offer. If they enjoy acting and work hard they will be good enough to perform in a Monkey Theatre show. All the actors contribute fully to the shows – there are no walk-on parts – if you’re in, you’re in!
At the heart of Monkey Theatre lies an important principle: that in order to make exciting drama, actors must work together as a team. Through workshops and performances, this principle is upheld, and this is what brings the actors' confidence in each other, in their work, and ultimately in themselves. The students at Monkey Theatre have a lot of fun together and produce shows of which they feel very proud.
About Jo Humphries, Artistic Director
Jo Humphries BA, MA, PGCE, trained in acting at the Poor School, London.
She performed professionally for ten years before taking up directing and teaching. Jo has many years experience of creating drama with children and young people, directing Monkey Theatre shows, preparing students for acting and speaking exams (LAMDA), and running drama workshops in schools. She also co-runs an adult acting group Alter Ego and an adult singing group Mama Vox (if you are interested please do get in touch - we are always looking for more members!).
Jo is very committed to creating quality drama in different styles with all actors she works with. She enjoys writing and devising shows, working with scripts, masks, music and physical theatre techniques. Jo believes that drama develops confidence, communication, a sense of community and team-spirit. Learning to act, and taking part in drama, teaches skills not just for use in the theatre, but in life.