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Ridiculusmus
Text-based: Medium|New writing|Comedy

SIZE OF COMPANY
2–5 on the road

SCALE OF VENUE
Small- to middle-scale

PERMANENT STAFF
Co-Artistic Directors
David Woods, Jon Haynes, Jo Crowley

ARTISTIC POLICY
Ridiculusmus produces unconventional, innovative and accessible theatre. Work is created, written and performed by David Woods and Jon Haynes. The company makes ‘seriously funny’ and deadly serious theatre. Ridiculusmus’ working method is about creating the nothingness where expression can take place. Ridiculusmus are inspired by Samuel Beckets’ last words on theatre: ‘To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.’

REVIEW EXTRACTS
‘Absurd, nonsensical, puerile and brilliant – everything you would expect from the award winning duo Ridiculusmus A Meandering medley of madness… brilliant.’ Time Out

‘Their writing is brilliantly surreal, their performance not just comedy but a theatrical tour de force… Woods and Haynes are unspeakably skilled and highly original.’ The Age, Australia

‘As an articulation of the chaotic nature of life and the vitality of which drama is capable… Ridiculusmus would be hard to better.’ The Irish Times

CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
Tough time, nice time Plunging into the deepest and darkest holes, exposing the poignancy of lives lived without meaning, Tough time, nice time is a tragicomic exploration of two people trying to make sense of their lives through the stories they tell each other. (70 mins, no interval, strong Language, adult content, 3 on the road.)

The Importance of Being Earnest Ridiculusmus presents a glorious subversion of Wilde’s comic masterpiece, in which all nine roles are performed by David Woods and Jon Haynes. (140 mins, interval. 4–5 on the road.)

How to Be Funny Ridiculusmus presents a seminal lecture on the art of being funny. (60 mins, no interval. 2–4 on the road.)

A Conversation about Comedy Dr Dave and Dr Jon discuss the merits and pitfalls of practising (and analysing) comedy as they attempt to articulate a pathway to funniness. (60 mins, no interval, 2 on the road.)

Say Nothing An irreverent provocation for peace, when the general rule is ‘whatever you say, say nothing’. (70 mins, no interval. 3–4 on the road, strong language.)

Yes Yes Yes Mr H, an excitable bundle of confused identity, and his friend Mr Chatterjee, attempt to explain the meaning of life. (1–2 hours, varies due to improvised scenes, no interval, 3–4 on the road, strong language.)

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS
Goodbye Princess (working title) A bunch of desperate theatre types have apparently been contacted by Mohamed Al Fayed to appear in a play that reconstructs the last days of Princess Diana. The Audience witness the rehearsal process that is supposedly leading to the only performance: a presentation to the High Court as evidence of a conspiracy... (8–9 on the road.)

Total Football (working title) An attempt to galvanise British identity by winning a gold medal in the soccer competition with a super team at the London Olympics in 2012. (3–4 on the road.)

WRAP-AROUND
Lecture Demonstrations, residencies, post-performance discussions, and talks.

RECENT INTERNATIONAL WORK
2009 Australia (Tough time, nice time/The Importance of Being Earnest)
2008 Australia (Tough time, nice time/The Importance of Being Earnest)
2007 Ireland (Tough time, nice time), Australia (The Importance of Being Earnest/How to be Funny), USA (The Importance of Being Earnest), Canada (Say Nothing)

TOURING AVAILABILITY
All current productions: April 2010 onwards
Goodbye Princess from autumn 2010
Total Football from 2011

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