Crisis on Planet Z!

Crisis on Planet Z! is an environmental, science-fiction play for young audiences. Zephyr and their alien species the Alphabetians are celebrating 100 years of being on Planet Z when Zephyr makes a new friend and a horrifying discovery: a fuzzy Ziffle shows them how Alphabetians haven’t been ‘improving’ the planet, they have been slowly destroying it! Together, the Ziffle and Zephyr try to warn the Alphabetians, but it’s too late! The rockets are packed, and the aliens are ready to blast off to the next planet. Little do they know, there is no next planet: Planet Z is the very last planet in their solar system! Together, the Alphabetians must account for their actions, learn how to pronounce symbiosis, and find a way to save Planet Z.

Premiering at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival May 31-June 5 2022.


Creative Team

Joylyn Secunda – Actor (Zephyr/Ziffle)

Chloe Payne – Actor (Everyone else)

Dusty Hagerüd – Puppet/Set Designer

Chloe Ziner – Sound Designer

Nita Bowerman – Projection Designer

Keagan Elrick – Lighting Designer

Dayna Horn – Stage Manager

Carly Pokoradi – Co-writer/Co-director

Ryan Gladstone – Co-writer/Co-director


We’re making a podcast!

We’ve decided to use the COVID crisis to expand our reach and audience. So, we’re making a podcast creatively titled MONSTER THEATRE: THE PODCAST. Season One is our re-working of Who Killed Gertrude Crump? as a Radio Play.

Stay tuned here for when new episodes are released!


ANNOUNCING THE COMPANIES for Theatre Under the Gun 2020 – Social Distancing Edition!

The show takes place April 21st @ 7pm PST – you have to “buy” a ticket from TheatreWire to get the link, prices from $0-$100!


THE HOUSE COLLECTIVE (Jackie Blackmore, Sara Bynoe, Nita Bowerman & Donna Soares)

The House Collective is a collection of four multidisciplinary artists who met working in the theatre lobby of Performance Works. Between them, they have a total of 68 years of Front of House experience and 114 years of acting experience. Their debut as a collective will be online at Theatre Under The Gun 2020!

WOAH HORSEY (Tahina Awan, Jessica Gabriel and Priscilla Costa)

Shapeshifters from the 7th Dimension, they met several lifetimes ago as witches and made a soul contract to reincarnate and cast spells together. Upon finding a golden donkey turd in the 13th century the trio set out to conjure the spirit of the trickster. This astral dream manifested itself in the 21st century in the fall of 2019 through The Assembly; a 12 womxn collective of clowns in Vancouver, BC. Immediate sparks darted across the sold-out stage of the Redgate Revue during the “Life’s a Drag” Assembly show those 3 nights and the trio just knew there were more fires for them to ignite. Woe Horsey share a curiosity in both the comedy and pathos of life, courageously digging up the raw embodied human experience – tender, absurd, tragic and playful – through character shapeshifting, bouffon, puppetry manipulation, ecstatic or absurd movement and magic.  Woe Horsey can’t wait for this special opportunity to conjure a new golden turd nugget for the Theatre Under the Gun 2020 Festival! 

MID-YOUTH CRISIS (Zachary Dean Friesen, Jacqueline Welbers, Paul Jacob Little, Coan Roik)

Mid Youth Crisis is a new theatre company made up of four young artists whose aim is to tell fresh, new, exciting stories that make you think and most importantly make you feel. Each member approaches the work from a different background and with a different perspective. Collectively we have experience in improv, dance, music, theatre, and film. With 2 members hailing from Calgary, one from Winnipeg, and one from Mexico we all came to Vancouver at different points to pursue our love of acting. Since we’ve all been here beautiful friendships and professional partnerships have been formed, and now we’ve all come together as one for your entertainment! 

SOUR DOG THEATRE (Baraka Rahmani, Sarah Ferguson, Lili Beaudoin, Ali Froggatt, Claire Love Wilson)

After their huge success in Theatre Under the Gun 2019, Sour Dog is back! Sour Dog Theatre was founded in 2015 in Calgary, then relocated to Vancouver in 2018. Since then we have produced over 50 improv shows, 4 original formats, 2 Canadian Fringe Festival runs, The Canmore International Improv Festival, and 4 scripted play productions. Our mandate is to create work that explores what connects and disconnects us as human beings. With a strong value for honest storytelling we are constantly on the search for universal truth within the human experience. We strive to create theatrical experiences that are playful, poignant and professional, whether it be improvisation or scripted theatre.

DUSTY FOOT PRODUCTIONS (Patricia Trinh, Maddison Silva, Marguerite Hanna)

Dusty Foot Productions is an emerging, female (identifying) & non-binary centric,

interdisciplinary, independent theatre company. Dusty Foot Productions launched in Vancouver B.C. with the world premiere of “Probability,” written and directed by emerging artist Patricia Trinh; presented by rEvolver Theatre Festival 2018. September 2019 DFP premiered a second production “Red Glimmer,” written and directed by Founder Patricia Trinh; presented at Vancouver Fringe Festival. DFP is currently

in the development room creating a new work, with the dramaturgical mentorship of The Frank Theatre. Dusty Foot Productions aims to focus on producing new, interdisciplinary, queer centric theatre that gives voice to the marginalized outcast, tackling topics such as: Gender Equality, LGBTQ2S Equality, Diaspora and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Community. DFP’s mandate is creating strong,

colour conscious, female/non-binary leading role opportunities by shining light on new work with such roles at the forefront and producing remounts with an all female/non-binary identifying casts.


(Dusty Hagerüd, Tara Travis)

Color Sound Lab is a Vancouver based puppet company with a cavalcade cast of humans, animals, creatures and monsters from hand & rod, table top, bunraku, and marionettes providing puppetry for film, television, and love performance striving to push the boundaries of style & function in puppetry.


Who Killed Gertrude Crump? at UNO FEST!

We will be “performing” at the Uno Festival after all!

UNO Fest Online! Who Killed Gertrude Crump? will be presented as a part of the Week 2 online offerings. You can see exclusive video clips from this show, and join Monster Theatre for a free Facebook Live on May 8. The show itself will be a full video of a previous performance with showings May 5-9th.



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 Theatre:monstertheatre@gmail.com