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Monster Theatre: THE PODCAST

Season One: Who Killed Gertrude Crump? A one-woman, haunted house, murder mystery, radio play! Episode Four is coming soon! Welcome to Monster Theatre: THE PODCAST A place where we retell stories from history and mythology that embody the way of the Monster: weird on the outside, but with a noble heart. Like, subscribe and comment […]

Theatre Under the Gun

Theatre Under the Gun: The Social Distancing EditionApril 21, 2020 – was a huge success! An enormous thank you to everyone involved, including the artists, the Vancouver Fringe and all the people who tuned in and watched the proceedings. Theatre Under the Gun will be back at some point in the future, but for now […]

Code of Conduct

1 CODE OF CONDUCT OVERVIEW Monster Theatre is committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, can contribute fully, and have equal opportunities. Included in this code are an Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy (page 1) as well as Reporting Procedures (page 4), […]

JULIET: A Revenge Comedy

Written by: Pippa Mackie and Ryan Gladstone Performed by: Pippa Mackie, Carly Pokoradi and Ryan Gladstone  Directed by: Ryan Gladstone AVAILABLE FOR TOURING SPRING 2022 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) What if JULIET […]

THEATRE UNDER THE GUN

  THEATRE UNDER THE GUN is returning to Vancouver! Theatre Under the Gun is a 48-Hour Play Creation Competition. Six 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 Fringe, Theatre Under the Gun is one of […]

We Now Know: The Complete History of Science

  We Now Know is a one-hour rapid-fire comedy chronicling the complete history of science, as told by one expert, and her assistant who is convinced that science is boring.  Over the course of the play, she teaches her assistant about the highs and lows of humankind’s struggle to make sense of the universe around […]

Shakespeare’s Dream

Monster Theatre’s version of Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Shakespeare has a new play due for the Duke’s wedding, tomorrow! And the greatest playwright in the world has writers block. He falls asleep while trying to come up with ideas, and in his dreams he invents fairies, and a love square, and magic love […]

Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

Who Killed Gertrude Crump? A One-Woman Haunted House Murder Mystery Puppet Show Available for theatre bookings! Contact gm@monstertheatre.com Our crazy puppet play is now a crazy radio show! It’s all part of our brand new podcast creatively titled MONSTER THEATRE: THE PODCAST. Who Killed Gertrude Crump? is Season One. Like, subscribe and comment on your […]

The Canada Show: The Complete History of Canada in One Hour!

  Monster Theatre’s biggest hit The Canada Show takes you on a hysterically historical joy-ride through 20,000 years of Canada. Hold on tight for this fast-paced, irreverent and absolutely hilarious adventure as they battle to tell their version of Canadian history.   “It’s history without the boring stuff!” 5 STARS -Calgary Herald   Check out […]

Til Death

Six Queens.  Six Love stories.  Six Deaths.  One Actress! 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! It all starts in the afterlife, in a bizarre waiting room of […]

Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub

Watch Canada vs USA play the 2018 Olympic Gold Medal Hockey game at the fictional Puck & Pickle Pub! Two actors (Ryan Gladstone and Jon Paterson) play themselves, the commentators and every single one of the patrons in this “Wildly Funny and Wonderfully Crafted” (5 Stars CBC) show! 5 Stars -Winnipeg Free Press “Let’s just […]

War and Peace

SKIP THE BOOK, SEE THE PLAY! Monster Theatre presents the world premiere of War and Peace, a one-man adaptation by 16 year Fringe veteran Ryan Gladstone. Join Ryan as he takes the audience on a journey through the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace, and the 632 characters it contains, as well as the […]

The Seven Lives of Louis Riel

The story of Canada’s most famous rebel told seven times, from seven different points of view, in seven different genres. No one in the history of Canada (Perhaps the history of the world!) has generated more debate than Riel.  Even supposedly verifiable facts elude consensus.  He has somehow come to symbolize almost every group in […]

The Shakespeare Show: Or, how an illiterate son of a Glover became the Greatest Playwright in the World

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 […]

The Little Prince

The Little Prince has only ever known his little planet, Asteroid 325. A planet so small that it is possible to witness the sunset fourty-four times in one day, where a single rose can believe it is the only one of its kind in the universe, and if a single baobab tree sprout were allowed […]

No Tweed Too Tight

Another Grant Canyon Mystery! Winner of the BCTC Most Promising Touring Act Award. No Tweed Too Tight is a fast-paced, raunchy, one man physical theatre comedy with enough twists and turns to keep you as confused as it’s hero Grant Canyon! The year is 1981. Grant Canyon is a perpetually inebriated insurance investigator. In his […]

Houdini’s Last Escape

Can Houdini, the greatest escape artist of all time, Escape His Own Death? Houdini’s Last Escape features magic, spectacle, spirits, escapes, comedy and true love! “No play deserves more to be called magical than Ryan Gladstone’s ingenious mystery comedy HOUDINI’S LAST ESCAPE. This is another must-see show at this year’s fringe.  It will dazzle and […]

Every Story Ever Told

Once there was a man who thought he could tell Every Story Ever Told!  Can he? “Ryan Gladstone is one funny man!” -Ottawa Citizen “Gladstone’s hyperkinetic revue of human storytelling and, by proxy, human nature is an undeniable success…an incredibly rich, dizzying experience that should not be missed.” -BENT “Get your tickets early to what […]

Freud vs. His Ego

Take a trip inside the mind of Sigmund Freud with Monster Theatre! Bruce Horak is Sigmund Freud. Ryan Gladstone is Sigmund Freud. “The two actors playing one man engage in a comedic cage match inside the head of the famous shrink as they try to figure out just who Freud really is. Utterly adept at […]

Napoleon’s Secret Diary

What if Napoleon was the accident of history? The Greatest Man in the History of the World – the man who conquered half the world, who tamed the wild Creole Josephine, who led the largest army to ever walk the face of the earth, who faced seven international coalitions, the man who invented canned food! […]

Mini Masterpieces

Mini Masterpieces are short, funny, accessible adaptations of Classics of Literature to help get kids excited about reading! Using puppetry, masks, improv, original songs, physical comedy, satire good old-fashioned storytelling, we will expose young audiences to classics of literature from around the World! Each performance consists of three classics of literature miniaturized into 15 minute […]

Jesus Christ: The Lost Years

Ever wonder what Jesus was really up between the ages 13 and 30?  Or how Jesus reacted when told – “Joseph isn’t your real father!”  Find out in Monster Theatre’s latest “historically hilarious” extravaganza!  Puppets!  Masks!  Songs!  Sacrilege! “…let’s just say that comic acting – in the Fringe or anywhere else – doesn’t get better […]

The History of the Future

The History of the Future premiered at One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo. Featuring the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Time Machines and Brains in Jars!  After Ryan, Jeff and Bruce reveal that Monster Theatre was only their way to fund their true dream of being scientists – the boys unveil their time machine.  Once […]

Lavinia: A Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions

One giant girl. One huge dream. One massive adventure. In 2009, Tara Travis took on the biggest challenge of her professional career to date: the creation and performance of a solo show inspired by her childhood experience of being a big kid (wearing her mom’s shoes by the age of 8, and her dad’s shoes […]

The Big Rock Show

The Complete History fo the World in One Hour! The history of the universe in only one hour!  A hilarious and irreverent musical romp through the history of our planet from the Big Bang to Saddam Hussein. Including some of Monster Theatre’s funniest moments like The Beatles Gospels, Kermit Khan, Roach’s Corner with Ron and […]

Assassinating Thomson

Critically acclaimed Visually Impaired visual artist Bruce Horak lives with 9% of his vision and has, over the last two years, painted a series over 400 unique portraits which attempt to capture the way that he sees, aptly named The Way I See It. As he tells the story of The Way I See It, […]

Fairy Tale: The Choose Your Own Adventure Play

The very first Monster Theatre show! An improvised, choose-your-own-adventure, busking, kids show. The audience votes on who the hero should be and then decide which dangers they face on their adventure through the world of fairy tales. Created in 2000 by Katherine Sanders, Jennifer Kelly, Charlotte Mitchell and Ryan Gladstone. Toured Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and […]