A thrilling new play where multiple masculinities collide.

“This is a story about a girl. And a boy. Some of it’s true. And some of it isn’t. And I’m not going to tell you which is which.”

What happens when the red mist descends? Why do some people lash out, while others contain their anger? What’s really going on in the minds of young men?

A unique combination of new writing and Shakespeare, featuring fragmented voices of Othello, Patrick Stewart and Mike Tyson, Monster is a thrilling new play where fact and fiction blur, and multiple masculinities collide.

‘Brimming with energy’ ★★★★ (The Stage on Monster)

‘Stunning’ ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby on How to Start a Riot)

‘A gentle firestorm’ ★★★★★ (British Theatre Guide on Labels)

From internationally acclaimed Worklight Theatre (Best Theatre, Adelaide Fringe 2016 & Vault Festival People’s Choice Winner 2017)

Written & performed by Joe Sellman-Leava (Scotsman Fringe First 2015, Labels)

Directed by Yaz Al-Shaater (Boris: World King, Trafalgar Studios)

1hr 00m
The Vaults
24 — 28 Jan 19:15
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About the company

Worklight Theatre

Formed in Exeter, 2011, Worklight examine urgent social issues, using microcosmic stories to explore an ever-changing world. Their theatre is deeply personal, politically charged and highly inquisitive. Their debut show How to Start a Riot received critical acclaim during its Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere and and two awards during its UK tour. Their show Labels has toured internationally since 2015. Worklight develop and tour work in the south west and London, and place rural and regional touring at the heart of their mission to make great theatre accessible to everyone.

Artistic Team
Written & Performed by
Joe Sellman-Leava
Directed by
Yaz Al-Shaater
Lighting & Sound by
Sam Hollis-Pack
Dramaturgy by
Anna Beecher and Yaz Al-Shaater
Produced by
Michael Woodman & Joe Sellman-Leava

Press & Reviews

A Younger Theatre

★★★★ “... original and ambitious ... takes hold of its audience in the first lines, and does not lose its grip until lights are out..."

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★ “striking in its exploration of an important issue...putting across an important message...”

The Stage

★★★★ “Brimming with earnest, intelligent energy...”

The Scotsman

★★★★ “Intelligent and quizzical...gnaws away at an unknowable question..."

Broadway Baby

★★★★ “Sellman-Leava commands the space well...weaving in and out of different personas...”


★★★★ “Magnetic performance..."