Monster, the newest creation from Worklight Theatre, transfers here after a hit run at the Vault Festival earlier this year.
Worklight Theatre are renowned for devising work focusing on contemporary social issues through the use of storytelling to open audience’s minds and eyes to things happening around them. Their work has been showcased nationally and critically acclaimed, with the example of Labels, written by the company’s co-artistic director Joe Sellman-Leava. The production won a Fringe First, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award, the Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Award, the Peace Foundation Award. It was also shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award, the Fringe World Best Theatre Award, and the Asian Arts Award. This has then lead the company to nationally tour Labels since 2015.
Monster serves as Sellman-Leava’s successor to Labels, and nonetheless evokes the ethos Worklight seeks to present to the world of theatre. Directed by Yaz Al-Shaater, written and performed by Sellman-Leava, Monster is about the ways in which different people react to violent impulses by using the voices of Othello, Patrick Stewart and Mike Tyson. Sellman-Leava constantly asks the questions of ‘why do some people lash out while others contain their anger?’ throughout the performance as multiple masculinities collide.
Monster has already received stellar reviews;
‘… original and ambitious … takes hold of its audience in the first lines, and does not lose its grip until lights are out…’ ★★★★ A Younger Theatre
‘Brimming with earnest, intelligent energy…’ ★★★★ The Stage
The play begins in static and ends with an extremely intense ending; one not to be forgotten but acknowledge. Monster is a performance not to be missed. What makes Monster exciting is the aspect of a person, representing different voices, opinions and personalities but still being grounded to the starting notion; why do we behave like this when we are angry?
Monster is at the King’s Head Theatre from Wednesday 28 February - Wednesday 4 March. Tickets: www.kingsheadtheatre.com