Tuesday, October 6, 2009




…theatre under the gun



Application deadline: Wednesday, October 15th, 5pm

Email to: hbmcollective@gmail.com


Here Be Monsters is dedicated to inspire and facilitate performing artists in the creation of new theatrical work. Here Be Monsters challenges teams to create original short performances under extreme time constraints. These performances premiere on the stage in front of a live audience at Performance Works on Granville Island October 30 and 31, 2009.


The festival starts with a creative workshop on Wednesday October 28 led by Here Be Monsters Artistic Producer Jeff Gladstone.  Workshop fee is included in application fee for all HBM2009 participants. 


48 hours before performance time, groups will receive their inspiration packages.  These packages could involve anything from lines of poetry, a lighting special, a piece of choreography…  Now, this is where you come in.  Each group is responsible for supplying one prop, cleverly disguised, that will be randomly selected by another group and integrated into their performance in whichever way they see fit.


Once you have received your inspiration package you have 48 hours to write, rehearse and perform your play.  Let the games begin!


Company name:



Names of members involved:





Main Contact (name, phone number, email):




What is your availability during the performance dates?

                  Friday, October 30 (receive package Oct 28)


              Saturday, October 31 (receive package Oct 29)


              Both Oct 30 and Oct 31


                       I consent to my name, company name, company member’s names, pictures, etc. being used in the promotion, press for this festival.


                       I agree to pay the $50 application fee, if accepted, no later than October 19th.

Cheques payable to ‘Here Be Monsters Collective’.


Any Questions? Call us!            Jeff Gladstone_________            604.562.7819

                                                          Heather Lindsay_______            778.881.7152

Or Email:    hbmcollective@gmail.com


Love from, The Monsters

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

This is CANCER runs in Vancouver March 17th - 21st

Here's what the critics and audiences have to day about
This is CANCER?

"Let’s face it, the idea of spending time in a small, dark room with cancer doesn’t sound super appealing—particularly for folks who may have already done so in their lives. But if you’re humming and hawing about whether or not to go see This Is Cancer? I’m here to tell you something: just go... I had no idea watching a grown man singing and dancing in a shiny yellow unitard could be such a touching, emotional and life-affirming experience."

-Monday Magazine

"Horak triumphs by dint of coal-black humour and superior performance skills...
One can't help but be moved...

Scared of cancer? Check it out. Not scared of cancer? Check it out anyway."
- Victoria Times Colonist

"The wildest, most thrilling ride you'll take this theatre season..."
- The Calgary Herald.

presented by
Here Be Monsters Collective
in association with
Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Running March 17-21
@ 8pm
special added matinee March 21 @ 3pm

@ Beaumont Stage
316 W.5th Ave

For additional ticket information visit
for Victoria (March 17-21)

This was the most outstanding, wonderful, and healing performance I have ever been to. I laughed and I cried...everyone should see this powerful and moving piece of theatre!
– Audience member

It's an odd show to 'review' because I so desperately hope it's not ruined for everyone reading this because I enjoyed the surprise so much. Excellent performances and FRESH writing. Everyone has somehow, through someone, been touched Cancer- (myself included- and not just on the knee in the dark...) I'll definitely be back!
-Audience member

Having lost our son to cancer four years ago, my husband and I were taken aback and initially very uncomfortable when the show began. We very soon were pulled in by this character which Bruce created. We laughed and cried. I have never experienced anything quite like it. Great performance!
– Audience member

To see our trailer..... click here!


In this one-man, satirical cabaret, writer/performer Bruce Horak brings Cancer to life.
CANCER, a deluded egotistical ASS, goes on his own journey of denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance when he discovers that the whole world hates him. Clown, Improv, Stand-up, Confessional, Solo Performance accompanied by a 3-piece rock band!

A cancer survivor himself, and one of Canada’s only legally blind professional actors, Bruce brings a fresh and funny perspective to the disease that too many of us will face and that so many of us could use a good laugh at.

For full reviews of the 2009 Here Be Monsters Production

Monday Magazine

Victoria Times Colonist

See you there!

Jeff Gladstone
Artistic Producer
Here Be Monsters

Friday, September 12, 2008

Here Be Monsters: Carnival of the Arts Opening October 18th

Carnival of the Arts

October 18th - November 1st - 2008

@ ChapelArts
304 Dunlevy Avenue

The Carnival opens on Saturday, October 18
With the unveiling of the Monster Gallery
And a special 10th anniversary celebration of Theatre Under the Gun:

The following week continues the tradition with the next generation of theatre ensembles in
SHOWOFF Festival.

Saturday, October 25 marks the opening of Monster Theatre’s award winning comedy
Jesus Christ: The Lost Years
Followed by on-site absinthe party by Screaming Flea,
A Season in Hell

Culminating in the Seven Deadly Sins Hallowe’en Ball Friday, October 31
and The Best of SHOWOFF/Carnival Wrap Party Saturday, November 1

Tickets: $12/16
For Single Tickets Call Tickets Tonight:

Carnival Passes: $30
To reserve tickets/audience information/or to purchase Carnival Passes: hbmcollective@gmail.com
For tickets

Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 18
12:00 noon – Monstrous Monster Gallery Opening
Featuring Local Visual and Installation Artists
Everything for Sale!

8:00 – Carnival Smorgasbord
Featuring dynamite local performers and groups!

10:00 – Carnival Opening Dance Party
Carnival of the Arts wouldn’t be the same without dancing it out to the best DJ’s in town!

Sunday, October 19
4:00 – Open Stage
Following ChapelArts tradition of free admission every Sunday as a tea house and gallery,
Here Be Monsters invites you to come and share your talents on the Open Stage.

Wednesday, October 22
8:00 – SHOWOFF Festival
Six Local Theatre Ensembles create 12 minute plays in under 48 hours.
Email showofffestival@ yahoo.ca for an application today!

Thursday, October 23
8:00 – SHOWOFF Festival

Friday, October 24
8:00 – SHOWOFF Festival

Saturday, October 25
8:00 – JESUS CHRIST: The Lost Years
Touring veterans Monster Theatre fill in the blanks as to what happened to Jesus
during the years of 13-30. Intelligent irreverent, fast paced blasphemy.
Presented as part of See Seven Subscription Series
“...as subtle as it is funny, and as literate as it is energetic and frantic!" -SEE Magazine
“Virtuoso Performances.” -National Post

10:00 - Moustache Party!
Nothing says Jesus like a peach fuzz moustache.
Grow one, Glue one, or ladies paint one on... and dance the night away to the Moustache
Rock Band!

Sunday, October 26
4:00 – Open Stage

Tuesday, October 28
8:00 – JESUS CHRIST: The Lost Years

Wednesday, October 29
8:00 – JESUS CHRIST: The Lost Years

Thursday, October 30
8:00 – JESUS CHRIST: The Lost Years

Followed by
10:00 & midnight – A Season in Hell
On-site absinthe party, ritual performance and a secret meeting.
A concoction for the senses incorporating text, movement, performance and booze on the road to unearthing the inner workings of Rimbaud's prose-poem A Season in Hell
by Screaming Flea Theatre

Friday, October 31
8:00 – JESUS CHRIST: The Lost Years

10:00 & midnight – A Season in Hell

10:00 – Seven Deadly Sins Hallowe’en Ball
A costume party of no bounds
Dance the night away to the best local DJ’s
Interactive Exhibits, Games, Performances & Free lollypops!

Saturday, November 1
8:00 – SHOWOFF: Theatre Under the Gun 10th Anniversary Bash
Since 1997 this annual event where local theatre ensembles create new plays in under 48
hours has been a growing tradition... See the best acts of the last ten years!
Featuring surprise guests!

10:00 & midnight – A Season in Hell

10:00 – Carnival Wrap Party
All artists and audience are invited to celebrate with us, with local bands and DJ’s.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Carnival Of The Arts is READY TO ROCK!

November 7th to 11th there are some amazing shows to see in our Carnival....step out on a limb and check out something new.....don't be shy, buy some art......let it all out!
Scroll down for details....
Tix only $15 per show.....or Carnival Pass for $25
All Art under $100 - After Parties n' more....
Reserve at hbmcollective@gmail.com
Be there or be a bearded lady!