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November 24th, 2008

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04:18 pm - Spyski
On Friday night I went to see Spyski by theatre group Peepolykus at Warwick Arts centre.

A small theatre company become involved in a farcical spy scandal, and subvert their own production of The Importance of Being Earnest to bring the message to the British people. They dismantle the TIOBE set to reconstruct the events of a Litvinenko/Spooks style poisoning, involving a mutated baby hidden in a handbag in the left luggage at Victoria station.

The baddies try to kill the spy with Polonium, and ricin on an Umbrella, but eventually they get him like the monk in Name of the Rose. Instead of a poisoned copy of Aristotle's treatise on Comedy, they use a poisonous Daily Mail. Ah, satire.

The Guardian didn't like it, though other reviews have been much kinder. I thought it was pretty good: lively, good humoured, likeable people. Made me laugh. I especially liked the Basque actor Javier Marzan.

Here's a bit of it as a promotional video.

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Date:November 24th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, I thought Peepolykus were adorable when I saw their version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. :D
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Date:November 24th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
When I saw they'd done that I wondered if you'd seen it! I wish I had. the one I liked, Marzan, played Holmes I think.
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Date:November 24th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
It was hilarious, and full of slashy humour.
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Date:November 26th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
oooh Wish I'd seen it, but I doubt they'll revive it

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