A funny, fragile and profound fable based on groundbreaking medical research and real-life war testimonies. Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery – in the form of a capsule containing 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress. Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment, via a head-warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appal you in equal measure.
Ridiculusmus has been producing seriously funny theatre for over 20 years. The company is led by co-artistic directors David Woods and Jon Haynes, who write, direct and perform. Ridiculusmus’ origins are in the shadowlands of theatre and comedy, beginning as a rabble of graduates from the Poor School in London, adapting comic novels for the London fringe, and evolving over the last quarter century into a robust double act. Driving and leading as author-actors, David and Jon have established Ridiculusmus as a flagship UK theatre company touring nationally and internationally with works passionately wrought from minimal resources, and with an oxymoronic aim: to be both serious and funny. Past productions include:TheThird Policeman, At Swim-Two-Birds, The Exhibitionists, a two-hander version of The Importance of Being Earnest, Yes,Yes,Yes and Say Nothing.
You can also catch The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland and Complicated Grief as part of the Ridiculusmus Trilogy at Mayfest 2018. Tickets are also available to buy from Tobacco Factory Theatres, 0117 902 0344.
Sat 19 May 5.30pm-7pm, Tobacco Factory Theatres
Stresses distresses and disorders – A panel talk reflecting on the provocations of Ridiculusmus’s three plays on contemporary mental health issues and approaches, with representatives from the health and pharmaceutical sector.
“A cross between a Beckett play and a Monty Python sketch”
The Sydney Morning Herald
“Ridiculusmus at their best in a funny, moving two-hander”