The Play at 8: The Monkey's Paw

London theatre news: Tuesday 8 October 2019

Off-West End - Shows

W.W. Jacob's classic novella 'The Monkey's Paw' gets a stage airing, adapted and presented as a live 1930's radio play from The Storyfleas, due next week at The Space.
The Play at 8: The Monkey's Paw at The Space

Image: The Space

The Storyfleas will present their debut of The Play at 8: The Monkey's Paw at the Space from 15 to 19 October (more listing details and link to buy tickets are given below).

W.W. Jacob's classic novella 'The Monkey's Paw' is adapted and presented as a live 1930's radio play.

Employing live foley artistry, the show aims to transport the audience back to Imperial London and the arrival of a mysterious and cursed artefact.

Written by Jack Williams and Sara Butler, the show premiered as a 20 minute production in March 2019 at the Old Red Lion under the direction of Matthew Jameson for Plays Rough London's new writing night of 'Theatre Without Sight or Sound'.

After a promising reception, the company has created a longer adaptation in the form of a radio play for stage and the story of the recording studio and performers who bring it to life.

Fusing elements of Foley artistry, voice acting, farce and horror, the show combines traditional radio broadcasting and storytelling with a wider character-driven narrative.

Commenting on the play's historical setting, director Matthew Jameson said ...

"The era we're choosing to set the play is such a parallel to our own world of turbulence and a divided society, with misogyny and imperialism lingering in our source text.

To address this, we've brought a satirical vein to the production, incorporated genuine copy from 1930s adverts as a stark reminder of the times and ensured a solid 50/50 gender split in the creative dynamic by casting a female as our male lead and having an equally balanced creative team.

We may be interested in the past, but we're not dinosaurs."

There will be a live Q&A following the evening performance on Thursday 17 October and a foley artistry workshop before the matinee at 2pm on Saturday 19th.

Show listing information


You are invited to the broadcast event of the early 20th century!

The horrifying resurrection of W.W. Jacob's classic novella 'The Monkey's Paw', adapted and presented as a live 1930's radio play.

With live foley artistry, consummate actors with no personal issues whatsoever and questionable sponsors, Storyfleas transport you to the thrilling world of Imperial London and the arrival of a mysterious artefact … a monkey's paw.

Prophesised to grant the wishes of any that hold it in their hand it becomes the focus of the entire British Empire Radio Corporation's broadcast.

So join celebrated raconteurs Dick & Nancy Everett as they attempt to explain the unexplainable in this debut comedy.

Just be careful what you wish for …


Nancy Everett - Jordan Baker

Dick Everett - Becky Coops

The Director - Matthew Jameson

The Engineer - Jack Williams

The Others - Matthew Walker


Author: Jack Williams & Sara Butler
Director: Matthew Jameson
Designer: Matthew Walker (technical design)
Production: Story Fleas


The Space
269 Westferry Road
E14 3RS


From: Tuesday 15 October 2019

Closed: Saturday 19 October 2019


Standard: £15

Concessions: £12


Show website
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