Author - ryan

New TYA play under construction!

WE NOW KNOW: The Complete History of Science is under construction!

Writers Peter Carlone and Ryan Gladstone have been hard at work, periodically, for almost 4 years. It turns out that converting complex scientific material into entertaining, clear, fun material for young audiences isn’t as easy as it might sound. But “sciencing to do they did!” and with the script finally complete, we are ready to launch into production development.

Thanks to generous support from both the BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver, we’ve been able to conduct a series of workshops to test out the material.

WE NOW KNOW is jam packed, like protons in a nucleus, with projections. While co-writer Peter will be handling a lot of the animations, local artist Nima Gholami. He has begun the process of creating original art assets for the hundreds of individual projections. Here’s a short bio so you can get to know him!

Nima Gholamipour is an Iranian-Canadian artist, animator, comedian and film maker living and working in Vancouver British Columbia. He is currently working as a part time artist at a mobile game studio and can be seen regularly performing improv and sketch comedy at various underground comedy shows in the city. One of his favorite scientists is Stephen Hawking.

 

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THEATRE UNDER THE GUN is returning to Vancouver!

It’s deadline driven, insomnia fuelled creation at its best.

Theatre Under the Gun is a 48 Hour Play Creation Competition. 6 Vancouver Theatre Companies receive an inspiration package, and have only 48 hours to race against the clock and create an original piece of theatre! Hosted by Monster Theatre and co-presented by The Vancouver Fringe, Theatre Under the Gun is one of the most epic, exciting, surprising and electric theatre events of the season.

The energy is electric, the creativity spawned from the pressure of the time limit is dizzying, the evening is unforgettable. After 7 years of hibernation, it’s back in Vancouver, with a brand new batch of young, talented, ground-breaking artists.

THEATRE UNDER THE GUN

@ Performance Works Theatre

Saturday, Feb 9 @ 8pm

www.monstertheatre.com

Tickets $25 available through Theatre Wire

TICKETS!

Stay Tuned for Application Deadlines and forms!

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THE SHAKESPEARE SHOW is back in Vancouver Oct 18-27

Monster Theatre’s most revered production of all time

Returns to Vancouver for its 10 year Anniversary

Don’t miss it!!!

The Shakespeare Show

Or; How an illiterate Son of a Glover

Became the Greatest Playwright in the World

Plays at The Havana Theatre October 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27, 2018

All Show @ 8pm

TICKETS!

“This play is so damn clever, even if you don’t know any Shakespeare you’ll still understand it.  If you have a love for language, physical comedy and intelligent wit, then The Shakespeare Showis for you.” ★★★★★-CBC Winnipeg

Who wrote the plays of William Shakespeare? Shakespeare himself? The Earl of Oxford?

A horse?Monster Theatre’s Ryan Gladstone (No Tweed Too Tight, Every Story Ever Told) and Tara Travis (Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Who Killed Gertrude Crump?) are back to get to the bottom of the debate as they bring their 2008 hit, The Shakespeare Show, back to Vancouver. After years of co-producing Monster Theatre solo works, they are STOKED to get back on stage together with the show that started their wildly successful partnership.

Brings the bawdy world of Shakespeare to life! The Shakespeare Show stands out in the festival for having something to say, and saying it with purpose and humour.” ★★★★★ -Winnipeg Free Press

Based on the greatest theatrical debate of all time, The Shakespeare Showinvestigates the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were penned by Edward de Vere, the 17thEarl of Oxford. Just like one of his tragic heroes, Oxford sets his own tragedy in motion by using young Will Shakespeare, the boy who holds the horses outside the theatre, as a ‘front’ for his playwriting ventures. The result? Another “relentlessly clever, action-packed and intellectually satisfying”(Edmonton Journal) Monster Theatreadventure, complete with puppets, songs, swordfights and satire. Along the way we meet the Ghost of Christopher Marlowe, the Three Witches from Mac…ahem…The Scottish Play, Anne Hathaway, victims of the Bubonic Plague and Queen Elizabeth herself!  In the end, Oxford is killed and charges Shakespeare to tell his story – hence, this… “The only play e’er writ by Will Shakespeare”.

“…without doubt the cleverest, most well researched and cunningly put together piece of witty Shakespeariana I’ve ever seen – just smokes past Wm. Shakespeare abridged!”–Neil Freeman, Applause First Folio Editions

Written by Monster Theatre’s Artistic Director Ryan Gladstone, The Shakespeare Show is largely in iambic pentameter and almost completely in rhyming couplets.  Directed by Karen Hamm, this fast-paced physical comedy features Tara Travis and Ryan Gladstone playing over 40 roles between the two of them!  First produced and workshopped on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit in 2008, The Shakespeare Show won Pick of the Fringe in Vancouver and has gone on to play numerous regional theatres across North America. A beautiful score is supplied by violin virtuoso Drew Jurecka (Jeff Healey Band, Sarah Slean, Vinyl Café), and Fight Choreography is supplied by Kevin Kruchkywich (Theatre Calgary, Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel).

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Monster Theatre Nominated for SEVEN Jessie Richardson Awards!

Who Killed Gertrude Crump? was nominated for four awards in the Small Theatre Category including:

Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Tara Travis),
Outstanding Direction (Ryan Gladstone), Outstanding Production and Significant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre: Outstanding puppetry design, creation, execution and performance (Tara Travis and Dusty Hagerud).

The Canada Show: The Complete History of Canada was nominated for three awards in the TYA Category including:

Outstanding Production, Outstanding Performance (Alex Gullason, Carly Pokoradi and Frankie Cottrell) and Significant Artistic Achievement for the Song Writing (Bruce Horak, Ryan Gladstone, Jeff Gladstone, Wes Borg).

Congrats Monsters!!!

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The Canada Show available for booking Fall 2018

Monster Theatre’s biggest hit The Canada Show is planning a fall tour in Western Canada! For bookings contact gm@monstertheatre.com

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Who Killed Gertrude Crump? at the Vancouver International Puppet Festival

Agatha Christie Returns from the Dead to perform a Puppet Show.

Feb 13-18 @ Performance Works

Tickets here!

It’s New Year’s Eve 1899. One by one, an enigmatic cast of characters arrive by boat to the haunting and isolated Monkswell Manor. That night, famous murder mystery author Gertrude Crump is murdered… mysteriously! No one can leave until the truth is uncovered.

As the characters investigate, accuse, suspect, confess, plot, flash-back and engage in general hubbub, the audience is charged with the task of answering one simple question: Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

“…the most impressive acting feat in the festival!” ★★★★★-Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

“A standing ovation followed Travis’ tour-de-force performance.”- ★★★★★ London Free Press

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