Be upstanding for The Flop –
Hijinx takes a firm hold of one of France’s
most explosive tales
The makers of Meet Fred team up with Spymonkey for a some serious clowning around.
Pioneering Welsh theatre company, Hijinx, have a brand new show The Flop, which previews at Chapter in 12-14 July 8pm, before making a world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Flop, developed with clown supremos Spymonkey, is a historical romp through a bizarre true story of the impotency trials in 17 Century France. Embracing the art of clowning, slapstick and breaking a farcical fourth wall, The Flop blends Hijinx’s trademark playful humour with Spymonkey’s anarchic physicality.
About The Show
Paris. 1657ish. Impotence is illegal. When the Marquis De Langey is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. The Flopis a clowning physical comedy show with live music and big wigs.
Hijinx, one of Britain’s leading inclusive theatre companies, were winners of Best Ensemble in the Wales Theatre Awards in 2016 for Meet Fred. The Flop is a Hijinx production and the cast comprises of three learning disabled actors alongside three non-disabled actors. It is directed by Ben Pettitt-Wade (Meet Fred) and Toby Parks from Spymonkey is creative mentor and composer.
What makes Hijinx different is that their casts always include professional actors who have learning disabilities. The ability of these effortlessly talented performers is at the heart of every show they produce, creating work that is utterly absorbing, surprising and provocative.
SPYMONKEY is the UK’s leading physical comedy ensemble, based in Brighton. They have been making sublimely hilarious and deeply ridiculous theatre for the last 20 years, delighting audiences around the world.
The Flop previews at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 12-14 July, 8pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at www.chapter.org./flop or 029 2030 4400.
Connect with Hijinx Theatre online at: www.hijinx.org.uk on Twitter @hijinxtheatre instagram @hijinxtheatre Facebook at HijinxTheatre and YouTube at HijinxTheatreCompany #theflop
For further information please contact Vanessa Davies: [email protected] / 02920 300331