This is a story about a girl. And a boy. Some of it’s true. And some if it isn’t. And I’m not going to tell you which.
Monster embarks on an exciting UK tour in 2018 . Monster is a dark but humorous exploration of gender and masculinity - with intimate storytelling at its heart, Monster looks at a young man’s struggle to make sense of love and anger.
With its examination of male attitudes towards women, and male role models celebrated in society, the play has gained new relevance since its Edin burgh debut in the wake of recent sexual assault allegations against a string of celebrities .
Monster importantly sheds light on our perception s of gender, violence and aggression .
Experimenting with form, Joe Sellman - Leava’s performance includes a play within a play, and a narrative split across multiple characters and timelines converging at the play’s climax. Playing with the very premise of presentation and performance, the play features the words and personas of known figures includ ing Mike Tyson and Patrick Stewart.
Brimming with earnest, intelligent energy and jumping between threads seamlessly, deftly reconstructing scenes, arguments and interviews with nothing but a pair of red steel chairs for a set.
Sellman - Leava has previously ha d phenomenal success with Labels, which has been touring nationally and internationally since 2015 and won a Scotsman Fringe First . Monster was critically acclaimed during its Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere in 2017, and is going to VAULT Festival this January 2018.
Running time 60 minutes
@worklight_uk, @ joesellmanleava ,
Producer Worklight Theatre
Writer / Performe r Joe Sellman - Leava
Director Yaz Al - Shaater
Assistant Director Lucy Moss
Lighting and Sound Design Sam Hollis Pack
Dramaturg Anna Beecher
Fight Director Eric Ortuno
Co - producer Michael Woodman
12th – 13th Jan Ustinov Studio , Bath , 8 pm
Theatre Royal Bath, Saw Cl, Bath BA1 1ET
Sunday 14 th Jan The T olmen Centre , Falmouth , 7. 30 pm
Fore St, Constantine, Falmouth TR11 5AA
24 th – 28 th Jan VAULT Festival , Londo n
L e a k e St, Lambeth, London SE1 7AD
Thursday 8 th Feb The Woodville , Gravesend , 8pm
15A Wrotham Rd, Gravesend DA11 0PA
19 th – 22nd March The Bike Shed Theatre , Exeter
163 Fore St, Exeter , EX4 3AT
Joe Sellman - Leava
Joe graduated from the University of Exeter in 2010, and is co - artistic director of Worklight Theatre, with whom he co - wrote and performed I Think I’m a Feminist and How to Start a Riot . His one - man play, Labels has been touring since 2015 and won five international awards, including a Scotsman Fringe First in 2015. Joe has also acted for The Bike Shed Theatre, Clockwork Marketing, Bitpod, Cambridge University Press, Onatti, Jetstream Media, Creaking Door, Mischi ef Labas and Peel Roleplay. He completed Soho Theatre's Writers' Lab in 2016 and is currently part of BBC's London Voices and Soho Theatre Writers' Alumni Group.
Yaz Al - Shaater
Yaz is a theatre and film director from the north west. He is co - founder of S mooth Faced Gentlemen, Artistic Director of Underground Venues and one third of Three’s Company, Recent theatre directing credits include: Dead Reckoning (Young Vic, Five Plays); Boris World King (Trafalgar Studios, Pleasance Queen Dome); Othello and Titus Andronicus (for Smooth Faced Gentlemen, Underbelly, Pleasance King Dome, York Theatre Royal and touring); Not The Messiah (Theatre 503 and touring). He recently finished working as the Jerwood AD on Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Young Vic.