Goat and Monkey is a core company of two, Sally and Joel.
We have been making theatre, or at least theatre-like things, as Goat and Monkey since 2004. Our cosy office is located in the south of England in Lewes, not far from the castle. We don’t have 100% defined roles, but Sally is mostly responsible for planning, organising and numbers, and Joel for directing. We both get stuck in with talking,scheming and research in equal measure.
To get in touch, email sally@goatandmonkey.co.uk

Some of the organisations we have worked with:

Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, English Heritage, Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, The National Trust, Punchdrunk, The National Youth Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Southern Comfort Touring Consortium, West Sussex County Council, Bournemouth Council, Amberley Chalk Pits Museum, The Great Gardens of Sussex, Brunel University, London Metropolitan University, Leicester University, Chichester University, Oxford Brookes University.
  • Joel directs all of Goat and Monkey's work.

    He specialises in creating immersive, digital and site specific works for audiences of all ages.

    He is currently working with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation and National Youth Theatre of Great Britain to create a large scale ensemble piece in Hong Kong Sept 2018. Joel will work with twenty five young actors from Hong Kong to explore themes of global warming and the refugee crisis.

    Joel is midway through another very large and secret  research and development project with Punchdrunk, and with Goat and Monkey he has just finished a wonderful piece of development for The Pirate Cruncher! He is also preparing for a third tour of The Devil Speaks True, a studio production using wireless headphones, binaural sound and darkness to explore Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (VAULT award for Outstanding New Production 2016).

    Funded by Arts Council England and the British Council, Joel travelled to Montreal and Toronto in 2017. In Montreal he was a resident at TAG, an interdisciplinary centre for research in digital culture and interactive art, and in Toronto attended the global multi-arts festival, Luminato. This trip has been instrumental in the new game that Joel is working on in 2018.

    Joel is currently developing an Arts Council England funded touring piece for young audiences and their families. With a clown and a musician, The Unforgettable Mr Fog explores the relationship of young people and their relatives living with dementia.

    Joel is working on his fourth musical theatre commissioning piece with Chichester University. Final year students work with Joel and the Goat and Monkey creative team to research , develop, devise, write, build and perform a large scale site specific immersive piece of musical theatre. This University acclaimed project gives the students the tools to create and realise the most ambitious and epic work.

    Previous work

    Previous directing work includes; 

    Off by Heart a televised Nationwide Shakespeare in schools project with the BBC.

    Living The Dream a bespoke digital and live action immersive piece for the British Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai including a real time digital link to a simultaneous performance on London's South Bank. 

    As You Like It directing an ensemble of young Saudi’s at the King Abdulaziz Centre of World Culture in Saudi Arabia.

    The Seed an original adventure experienced through four live productions, real-world treasure hunt and online story with engagement of up to 80 000 people The online narrative is at www.facebook.com/theseed2012.

    A Little Neck, a large scale immersive production in Hampton Court Palace about Queen Anne Boleyn’s last days with King Henry VIII.

    Joel was recently interviewed  by Professor Joanna Bucknall for a  podcast addressing immersive theatre at www.joannabucknall.co.uk/podcasts. The interview will contribute to a new network bringing together practitioners from the UK, USA and Australia.

    Joel is a qualified teacher, and lectures at universities across England including Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Birkbeck, Oxford Brookes, London Metropolitan, Brunel and Kingston. Joel is an associate lecturer at Chichester University, and is on a panel developing a site-specific strand for a possible new MA programme.

  • Sally has produced all of Goat and Monkey's work.  
    From 2005-2008 Sally was a producer with Tom Morris and Emma Stenning at Schtanhaus where she produced various projects from small research and development ideas to middle-scale tours including; Water for Filter (directed by David Farr) in a co-production with the Lyric Hammersmith, Twelfth Night for Filter (directed by Sean Holmes) for the RSC, UK and International tour, Shakespeare's Henry VIII (directed by Greg Thompson) for the RSC at the Holy Trinity Church and Earfull (directed by Tom Morris) a monologue by Tim Barlow for BAC and National tour. She was also a co-ordinator for the Producer's Forum and a Producer/Assistant Director for Oogly Boogly (directed by Guy Dartnell), a performance for 12-18 month old babies.
    From 2004 to 2005 Sally was Assistant to the Associates at the National Theatre, working with Tom Morris and Howard Davies in an administrative capacity and as the first point of contact for a wider group of Associates. Prior to this, Sally was Assistant to Tom Morris at BAC where she also helped to research Tom's projects and book cafe gigs.  During this time Sally also assistant directed on World Cup Final 1966 (directed by Carl Heap) and Newsnight the Opera (directed by Tom Morris).
    contact sally@goatandmonkey.co.uk
We have a board of advisory directors: Joanna Evans, Lucy Richardson, Ali Taylor and Jocelyne James.
Our Secretary and Financial Manager is Dr. Daniel Morgenstern.
“Goat and Monkey’s glorious meta-panto makes your head spin right from the start...It’s a post- modern panto with guts, brains and imagination.”

Time Out, four stars

“The news that Varela is teaming up with exciting and experienced site-specific theatre company Goat and Monkey shows a real understanding of what’s happening in the field in Europe right now”.
Martin Elriccson, Emmy Award recipient and lead game designer and writer of Tim Kring’s Conspiracy For Good. 
“I shall always remember the Narnia moment when you walk through a wardrobe, and I’d be prepared to walk even further to catch this company’s next show.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.