Robert Cohen recently won the FringeReview Outstanding Theatre Award for his performance of 
The Trials of Harvey Matusow at the Brighton Five Pound Fringe during the 2012 Brighton Festival. Originally premiered at the 2010 festival, the show was described by Plays International magazine as ‘the best one-hander I have seen all year’ (see here for an online extract and here for the trailer). The third Monkeydog production, The Trials of Harvey Matusow comes in the wake of The Death of Nelson and A Sustained Note of Fury — on this page and beyond can be found an abundance of info about all the shows. Queries or comments? Drop us a line at


“The thing about McCarthy – the thing
they never tell you – is this: Joe McCarthy
was a son-of-a-bitch – but he was the
nicest son-of-a-bitch you ever met.”

The Trials of Harvey Matusow is the true story of a New Yorker who in the early
1950s exchanged the comradeship of  the Communist Party for the cushy life of a
paid informer,

freelancing for such as the FBI, HUAC,
and Joe McCarthy’s Government Operations Sub-Committee. He then put the cat
among the stoolpigeons by announcing that he
had made up most of his testimony.               

Written and performed by Robert Cohen, under
the directorship of Ralf Higgins, The Trials of
Harvey Matusow
premiered at the appropriately
named Old Courtroom during the
Brighton Festival
, and has so far been seen
in Newtownards, Smallhythe, Bruges,
Cheltenham, Eastbourne and Exeter, with
return visits to Brighton at Upstairs at Three and
Ten and most recently at the Rock Inn as part
of the Brighton Five Pound Fringe.

Click here to find out more about the show.

Click here to see an excerpt.

Click here to see the trailer.

Click here to read the reviews.

Hearty thanks to Simon Taylor for production photography and to Tim Pieraccini for masterminding
the Youtube project.


The story of a clown, a clown’s long-suffering wife and manager, and the long shadow cast by the clown’s more famous clown father.

A political tragicomedy set over 18 years between the high tide of Thatcherism and the rise of New Labour.