John Pendal: Monster

Comedy (storytelling, lgbt)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

The critically acclaimed storyteller and stand-up comedian returns with a show about sex and sexuality, which laughs in the face of shame and guilt. Monster is aimed at anyone struggling to feel good about themselves. Since beginning his career in stand-up comedy in 2010, John has performed around the world. His first three shows went on to tour Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale, Melbourne, Oslo and Rome. 'An absolute cracker… Fringe brilliance' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Hilarious… Definitely not to be missed' **** (VoiceMag.uk).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Access is via the lift or stairs up from the Main Entrance. Then level access into the performance space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info


Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 19 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Though no specific chill out area will be provided, venue staff have been made aware of the Relaxed Performance and audiences will be allowed to leave and return to the performance space throughout.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Alastair McInnes 110 days ago

Part comedy show, part sexuality clinic, part therapy session. Fully entertaining and very highly recommended.

UK Family at the Fringe 120 days ago

Saw a taster of this show at "Clash of the Tight Tens".
Loved the little bit of John that we saw and would have gone to see the whole show but we were going home that day. Shame.

Leila Kraushaar 121 days ago

Four days in I am fully expecting this to be my favourite show of the fringe. This show was emotional, funny and uplifting, carefully walking the tightrope between heartbreak and hope. It was utterly captivating. I will be grateful to give John an hour of my time whenever I am lucky enough to get the chance.

You should see this show. Your life will be better for it.

Mark Dodyk 122 days ago

If you have an aversion to audience participation, this is the show for you. Pendal doesn’t turn on his audience. The comedy barbs are aimed firmly at himself in a self-deprecatory way - exploring the highs and lows of his upbringing and how they came to form him.

You will laugh and cry in equal measure at his honesty and the genuine warmth of his performance.

A proper highlight of the Fringe. He’s been performing here for several years and betters himself each time. Hilarious and heartwarming 5/5

Harvey Howlett 122 days ago

A Must See - 5* reviews and I can see why - John Pendal pours his heart out and takes you on an hilarious and moving journey.
He creates a safe space for comedy, which is a welcome refuge from picking on the audience, but not at the expense of the laughs and the engagement.

I cannot recommend this show enough - Go and see it.

David Jennings 123 days ago

Heart-warming, thought-provoking and funny in equal measure, John gives a slice of his life with searing honesty, and extracts the humour from the most unlikely of situations.

Debbie M 126 days ago

It's rare that comedy is genuinely funny and genuinely moving. John Pendal is fantastic. Don't miss this show!

Alejandro Medina Castro 126 days ago

Really funny and engaging show, the best one I have seen so far. John really puts his heart and soul into it. Do it! You won’t regret.

Holly Mackay 128 days ago

A brilliant show that was equal parts hilarious and heart warming! I would recommend it to anyone. 5/5

Janet Smyth 129 days ago

Quite dark, very funny, and I'd suggest it's a slice of life that won't be covered in any other show throughout the festival. We enjoyed it immensely.

Casey 130 days ago

Laughed all through out, welcoming, inclusive, emotional, one to see.

Laura Livingstone 131 days ago

Really funny show with some killer subjects and a huge amount of emotional honesty. John goes out of his way to make sure this show is welcoming and never exclusionary and it's so wonderful to relax. Really funny.

PAUL V MCGOOGAN 133 days ago

A very very funny show, with much more depth and emotion than your average stand-up. John Pendal goes into some personal stuff which I applaud and respect him for doing so. Thought provoking, funny, adult, funny, emotional and did I say funny?
Highly recommended


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The Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 112 days ago

Pendal’s graciousness glares out through this touching comedy masterpiece. Despite recounting growing pains that would be enough to turn anyone into a cynic; Pendal has instead turned his experience into a relatable and rousing set that evokes tears, laughter and raises awareness. Pendal ends the show with a touching question posed to him by his counsellor, Abigail: “Who would you be if you didn’t have shame?” Pendal openly states he’s not sure he has a full answer for himself yet, but the response his sister wrote to him is a beautiful eye-opener in the importance of naming that which has made you think that there is a fault within you and dismantling it. The performance is absolutely admirable from every angle Pendal pursues.

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 115 days ago

John Pendal was locked and loaded with giant, embarrassing childhood photos, cute cat pics and his very own shame-o-meter, which in case you don't know, are all the makings of a fabulous show.

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The List (3/5 stars) 118 days ago

A gentle hour with a nice man which still covers some radical ideas...

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The Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 120 days ago

Pendal openly states he’s not sure he has a full answer for himself yet, but the response his sister wrote to him is a beautiful eye-opener in the importance of naming that which has made you think that there is a fault within you and dismantling it. The performance is absolutely admirable from every angle Pendal pursues.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 124 days ago

Known better for his kink-based comedy, John Pendal returns this year to the Fringe with a different angle to a similar style he employs, one that combines his witty sexual quips with soul-touching anecdotes. Both immediately friendly and foxy at the same time, Pendal is a performer gifted with a...

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Voice Magazine (5/5 stars) 124 days ago

Whether there was only six or 600 of us, John Pendal performed with everything he had.
John has a way of connecting with the audience. He speaks about his life in such a manner that he really makes you, well feel. In this narcissist culture we live in, getting people who have no stake, no real investment in your struggle is an achievement all on its own.

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 125 days ago

John Pendal begins his show by welcoming the audience as they walk in, helpfully mentioning to a French couple that a member of staff in the room will help translate and pointing out the presence of two fans in the room in case it gets too hot. All of this...

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Chortle (3/5 stars) 132 days ago

Many comedians who enjoy non-vanilla sex lives exploit their difference from the mainstream for all its worth, seeking to elicit howls of shock as much as howls of laughter from their outlandish exploits. ...

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