The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley

Sat 20th – Mon 29th Aug 2011


“There is something so unguarded, almost childlike, about this show that you can’t help but fall in love with it.”





Chris Goode and Company


‘There is something so unguarded, almost childlike, about this show that you can’t help but fall in love with it.’

 Lyn Gardner, Guardian

Double Fringe First Award winner and ‘one of the most exciting talents working in Britain today’ (Guardian) Chris Goode returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his first self-penned show since 2007, a one man show about friendship, bravery and growing up. Drawing on the tonality of comic books and bedtime stories, The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirleycombines intimate storytelling and an eclectic soundtrack featuring Tricky, The Flaming Lips and Westlife, to tell the tale of superhero Wound Man, and Shirley, his sidekick.

Shirley is a teenage boy with a girl’s name, growing up in suburbia and feeling like the weirdest kid in the school. Nothing makes much sense to him except uncool pop music and his comic books, and his heart belongs to a classmate who barely knows he exists. Wound Man is an unconventional superhero, sprung from the pages of a 14th century medical book, with an alarming assortment of weapons sticking out of his body. The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley recounts the peculiar alliance of these unlikely friends, and the adventures they share.

The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley was originally commissioned for Queer Up North in 2009. For Edinburgh, Chris Goode & Company premieres a smaller-scale storytelling version of this acclaimed touring show.

Chris Goode is a writer and maker for theatre and live performance. His past Edinburgh shows include The Tempest(2000); Fringe First Award winning Neutrino with Unlimited Theatre (2001); Fringe First Award winning Kiss of Life (2002);Homemade (2005) and Longwave (2007), which was included in the British Council Showcase. In 2010 he performed in Tim Crouch’s multi award winning production The Author, prior to an international tour.

As Artistic Director of Camden People’s Theatre between 2001-4, shows included Napoleon in Exile and Escapology. The Drum Theatre Plymouth produced his plays Speed Death of the Radiant Child and King Pelican. Chris created the semi-improvised …Sisters for The Gate and Headlong, directed Pinter’s Landscape/Monologue for Ustinov Studio, Bath andrecently made Henry & Elizabeth with Royal and Derngate. His more experimental practice includes Who You Are at Tate Modern and Glass House for Deloitte Ignite at Royal Opera House.

The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley marks the launch of Chris Goode & Company, a new organisation established by Chris in collaboration with producer Ric Watts and a network of performers, makers and designers. Founded in ensemblebased collaborative processes, Chris Goode & Company will present substantial theatrical ensemble works, story based shows, intimate live art performances, and more. Whether in group or solo formats, the work made by Chris Goode & Company will be collaboratively created by a fluid, constantly evolving ensemble of artists, with Chris’s role as lead artist setting a tone of openness, friendliness and restless invention. Other projects in development include a devised piece based on the works of French surrealist Blaise Cendrars and a verbatim theatre piece at National Theatre Studio, created with The Author co director Karl James.

Admission: £10(£9)

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