Ridiculusmus is a multi-award winning theatre company that has been producing seriously funny theatre for over 20 years.
“I swear, you’ll have never seen anything quite like it” The Independent
The company’s co-artistic directors, David Woods and Jon Haynes, have established the company as a flagship UK performance group touring nationally and internationally with works passionately wrought from minimal resources that achieve the oxymoronic aim of being both serious and funny.
“One of our most refreshingly provocative theatre companies” The Guardian
The company has created over 25 original theatre productions and is regularly commissioned by venues including the Barbican, National Theatre, Royal Court, Soho Theatre, BAC and Arts House, Melbourne.
“They are without doubt, two of the most innovative talents working in British theatre” British Theatre Guide.
Jon Haynes grew up in a household without a television. At school he won an award for speaking Greek verse and decided to become an actor. He spent his first year at Sheffield University taking drugs, reading books on the Moors murders and digesting R. D. Laing. He turned down an offer to appear at the London Palladium and opted to have a nervous breakdown instead. Seven years later and still as mad as a hatter he enrolled at The Poor School in London and it was there that he met the co-founders of what would become Ridiculusmus.
Despite being dead as a result of an incident at the “rest and be thankful” in deepest Argyll in 1999, involving a clapped out van, a deer and Gavin Lockhart’s tractor, I have continued to deploy my poorschoolnaturalismmeetsgaulier bouffonscontemporarydancepunk shtick in all Ridiculusmus works since, managed to complete a PhD at the University of Kent called How to be funny and recently delivered a secular sermon “ On Humour” for the School Of Life, much of which I am now in the process of ripping off for academic articles.
Rob has many talents but cannot dance or drive a car. He studied theatre design at Wimbledon then travelled the world as an expedition photographer. After being knocked over by a car, he spent weeks in traction, so took up writing to pass the time. He put on his first play with the compensation. Rob went on to write for the BBC, Channel 4, Working Title and many other major players. Rob’s official role at Ridiculusmus is Special Projects Producer, but the truth is, he’s a fan.
Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Kent, where David and Jon did MAs and PhDs. After collaborating with Gardzienice Theatre Association, he worked extensively as Movement Director at the RSC, the RNT and the Royal Court, as well as on the fringe. He has published extensively on theatre.
Peter stumbled across Ridiculusmus when they started off, as he was working at Arts Council England. Peter is an accountant who has worked extensively in the voluntary, charity and cultural sectors as well as some big bureaucracies.