The Trial of Le Singe from The Heretical Historians

Friday 28 July 2017

Festivals - Shows

The Heretical Historians bring their absurd epic 'The Trial of Le Singe' to The Camden Fringe at The Water Rats Theatre Bar from 13 to 16 August 2017.
The Trial of Le Singe at The Water Rats Theatre Bar

Image: The Heretical Historians

'The Trial of Le Singe' is based on the true story of The Hartlepool Monkey: a shipwrecked monkey who washed ashore in North-East England during The Napoleonic Wars, who was mistaken by the local population for a French spy and put on trial for treason.

Playing as part of this year's Camden fringe Festival, the show is written and directed by Matthew Jameson and presented by The Heretical Historians, a group of East 15 World Performance alumni.

The play offers a sadly relevant tale of misinformation, nationalism and scapegoating, which serves as a warning parable for the consequences of unchecked fear-mongering in the age of post-Brexit Britain and Trump's America.

Heavily influenced by a fusion of punk culture and music hall styles, The Trial of Le Singe is an anarchic, pitch-black farce for an angry disenfranchised generation and promises low-budget chaos, dramatic set pieces (including a spectacular ship-wreck) and 'the sharpest satire this side of a 30's Berlin Cabaret'.

On the story's relevance, writer and director, Matthew Jameson comments:

"In these absurd times, it's galling to find stories that can tackle the enormity of the issues that face our nation and society.

That is why having such a ridiculous story, particularly a true one, allows us to succinctly and accessibly explore themes such as xenophobia and regional deprivation in a way that is memorable and humorous to our audience."

'The Trial of Le Singe' was short-listed for the 2017 Charlie Hartill Award (The Pleasance).

About the company

The Heretical Historians were formed in 2014 by a group of East 15 World Performance Alumni.

With a background in devising theatre and world theatrical styles, The Historians create unique comedies that pay homage to the past while exploring cutting edge techniques.

They have previously appeared in fringes up and down the country from Edinburgh to Ventnor and internationally as part of the Prague Fringe Festival.

Previous shows include The Greatest Stories Never Told (2015) a series of short vignettes based on ridiculous true stories from history and Dear Mister Kaiser (2016) a WWI epic about the unlikely friendship between Kaiser Wilhelm II and a British P.O.W.

About Matthew Jameson

Writer, director and actor Matthew Jameson is a 'smoggie' (ie someone from Teesside, North-East England).

He is artistic director and founder of The Heretical Historians.

In addition to his work with The Heretical Historians he is a founding member of new writing collective Plays Rough London with whom he has written and performed new works: Man Versus Morphy Richards (Camden People's Theatre); MurderSoc (Site Specific); The Demons & The Damned (Hen & Chickens) and Noughty Love (Toffee-Maker & Blacksmith).


Bertie Cox

George Eddy

William Hastings

Matthew Jameson

Leah Kirby

Lloyd McDonagh


Writer/ director: Matthew Jameson


The Water Rats Theatre Bar

328 Grays Inn Rd

London WC1X 8BZ


13 to 16 August 2017


Standard: £8

Concessions: £7

Preview (Sunday): £6 and £5 concessions

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