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Juliet: A Revenge Comedy on Facebook Live! Apr 4th @ 6pm PST

This 5 star comedy is coming at you via Facebook Live as part of the National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms Series! Stream this hit show from the comfort and safety of your home! Hot off a completely sold out run at the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringes, this is your exclusive chance to catch this show in action.

Written by: Pippa Mackie and Ryan Gladstone

performed by: Pippa Mackie, Carly Pokoradi and Ryan Gladstone

As our summer tour is currently on hold, we are asking all to consider making a donation so we can continue on with this show once we are able to gather in theatre’s again! Thank you in advance for supporting the arts during this difficult time!

What if JULIET doesn’t kill herself?
JULIET: A Revenge Comedy is a fast-paced, action adventure comedy that follows Juliet on the literary adventure of the century. Juliet, played by Canadian Comedy Award nominee Pippa Mackie, refuses to die for someone she just met two days ago. She recruits a team of Shakespeare’s most famous female characters (all played by Carly Pokoradi) to find out why they’ve been forced to die! CAN THEY ALTER THEIR FATE?!The show includes: quill fights, barge chases and killer snakes!
“This is one of the best. Give yourself a treat.” – Liz Nicholls (Edmonton Fringe Review 2019)
How will it work on Facebook live? Join us as we perform the show from beginning to end from the safety of our individual homes. Streaming is new for all of us and we accept and welcome this challenge! It’s live, it’s raw, it’s going to be a rocking good time.
BIG BIG THANK YOU TO Facebook, Slaight Music and the National Arts Centre for orchestrating this opportunity!
Have a question for us? Feel free to email Monster


Audition Notice for JULIET: A REVENGE COMEDY summer tour

We are holding auditions for a short Fringe tour this summer of Juliet: A Revenge Comedy. We are looking for someone to play the role of Juliet.


Production: Juliet: A Revenge Comedy by Pippa Mackie and Ryan Gladstone

Audition Day: Sunday March 1

Location: Winnipeg Fringe Festival July 15-26 and Edmonton Fringe Festival August 12-23

Rehearsals: June 2020

Submissions: Email Ryan Gladstone at with the heading “Juliet auditions”

Company: Monster Theatre – 

Role: Juliet

Contract: Fringe style profit share

If you have any questions, or to get access to a video of the play please contact Ryan Gladstone at 

We encourage submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, colour, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

About the play: 

What if Juliet didn’t kill herself? 

JULIET: A Revenge Comedy is a fast-paced, action adventure comedy that follows Juliet on the literary adventure a lifetime. Juliet, a feisty 13 year old is stuck in the repetition of the world most famous famous love story. Juliet tears herself from the narrative, determined to find a way to live her own life. Wandering through the canon of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, she encounters other renowned female characters and recruits a team of kick-ass women to confront Shakespeare himself. 

5 Stars ‘CBC Manitoba’

“Mind bending comedic confection” – CBC Manitoba


Grant Canyon gets rave reviews in Winnipeg

No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery has been selling out in Winnipeg as well. This is the third time this show has toured since being co-written by Bruce Horak and Ryan Gladstone back in 2012, based on a detective serial by the same two authors from 2003.

Next stop is the Edmonton Fringe, if you know anyone who likes to laugh, tell them to snap up their tickets fast!


-Winnipeg Free Press

Grant Canyon — Canyon! — is a high-profile insurance investigator from Iowa whose fact-finding mission on a whiplash case turns dark, as in noir dark, with dialogue straight out of the pulps.

Vancouver’s Ryan Gladstone plays numerous characters in this manic production and is a one-man wrecking machine who delivers a master class in physical comedy a la Bruce Campbell as he gets beat up, tortured, buried alive and drinks his way through a 60-minute mystery comedy involving drugs, diamonds, foreign agents, the mafia and his boss.

Gladstone plays off some brilliant sound and lighting engineering by Jon Paterson, who never missed a punch, gunshot, electrocution or freeze frame.

Canyon’s memory problems allow the writers some freedom with holes in the plot and wild scene changes, but it doesn’t matter. This show is insanely fun.  


Juliet: A Revenge Comedy is selling out it’s first ever run!

The world premiere of Juliet: A Revenge Comedy has gone better than we ever could have hoped. It’s like we will completely sell out the entire run at the historic Kings Head Pub, the heart of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

Our next stop is the Edmonton Fringe, so if you know anyone in Edmonton, tell them to get their tickets, and fast! Here are some of the reviews we’ve gotten.

★★★★★ STARS -CBC

Ryan Gladstone’s Monster Theatre is money in the bank.

In this brand new show, written by Gladstone and Pippa Mackie, Juliet joins a bevy Shakespeare’s Suicide Girls as they try to gain agency over their lives outside of the Bard’s sharp and sexist quill.

Mackie, alongside Carly Pokoradi, channel the child Juliet and a fearsome Lady Macbeth along with Ophelia, Cleopatra and more. Gladstone plays a suitably foppish William of Stratford to a merry band of feminists in this time-shifting, mind-bending comedic confection.

It’s cerebral without ever being inaccessible. It’s comfortably cool in the handy, food-purveying King’s Head Pub venue, so you’d be daft, or slow to buy, to miss out on this sure-to-sell-out gem.


-Winnipeg Free Press

A raucous pub environment is the perfect venue for the latest hilarious offering from Vancouver’s Monster Theatre after many fringe hits in previous years.

The arc of Shakespeare’s titular character from Romeo and Juliet, played by co-writer Pippa Mackie, is followed through to the end of her play, before a quick rewind prevents her from killing herself. Instead, she meanders through some of the Bard’s other plays in an attempt to liberate these women.

Juliet finds herself befriending characters such as Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Cleopatra and Miranda, all played brilliantly by Carly Pokoradi. Together they end up confronting Shakespeare, played by co-writer Ryan Gladstone, before Juliet rewrites the Bard’s endings so the women live (mostly) happily ever after.

The interactions between Pokoradi and Mackie veer between classic Shakespeare and saucy modern-day dialogue, keeping audiences in stitches from beginning to end of the 60-minute production. The taut writing, sparse props and sound effects are bolstered by fantastic performances, which serve to ratchet up the laughs from start to finish. 


Announcing our AGM June 24th

Monster Theatre (AKA Monster Creative Productions Society) is holding our Annual General Meeting 

Location: Mount Pleasant Community Centre (arts room)
Date: June 24th, 2019
Time: 6:30pm

All members are welcome. 

RESOLVED AS A SPECIAL RESOLUTION that the existing bylaws of the Society be deleted and replaced with the Bylaws attached hereto as Schedule A (LINK)


Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII makes it’s Toronto debut!

After 7 years of the rest of the country falling in love with Tara Travis and Monster Theatre’s best play, it’s time to bring it TO!

Tarragon Mainspace 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto

July 5th-13th TICKETS!

Six Queens.  Six Love stories.  Six Deaths.  One Actress!

It all starts in the afterlife, in a bizarre waiting room of sorts. One by one, the wives of Henry VIII arrive, much to the shock and dismay of each previous wife. What culminates is a heated frenzy of an ex-wives club where these women swap stories, toss Anne Boleyn’s head around, pick on the ugly German one, and, most importantly, fight for the right to be acknowledged as Henry’s true bride and eternal partner.

But when Henry arrives…everything changes.

★★★★★ “…one of the most impressive acting feats in the festival!”

– Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

“Tara Travis is an immense talent. Go see this show and you will find yourself in heaven.

Comedy heaven that is.”


Written and Directed by Ryan Gladstone

Starring Tara Travis

Original Score by Drew Jurecka and Robbie Grunwald

Costume Design by Adam Dickson

Fight Choreography by Kevin Kruchkywich


Electronic Press Package