Road to Queer Monster | 2018 Documentary
A short documentary was made by our friend Josh Clark for his Uni project. It follows Clare & Joe just after leaving Uni as they try to make the 3rd Atomic Rhubarb show and 4th incarnation of QUEER MONSTER.
What the heck is QUEER MONSTER?
A green baby born on stage before your very eyes. You see her in her first seconds of life as she stands up, walks, talks, dances, and lip-syncs. She's loud, proud, funny, rude, a snowflake, abrasive and kind. She's your weird arty friend you knew at school but lost contact with. She's the person you want to be but you're not as green, not as beautiful, and not as funny as her (because you can't). In her variety of shows and appearances she makes you laugh, questions gender, questions queerness, and questions but what she is really doing, is having a bloody good time. After all, it's her birthday and no one is going to ruin it! Not the audience and especially not that Heterosexual Demon! If you find yourself watching QUEER MONSTER just relax and have a good time, she will.
Clare created QUEER MONSTER in her first year at university as a slightly improved underwater octopus queer monster thing. Clare loves drag so in her second-year solo show. She made QUEER MONSTER as we see her now. She was literally born in front of us on stage and it was brilliant! A mix of drag and Cabaret, Clare made the sequel in her final year and then performed a mash-up of both versions after graduating. After university, knowing that they were serious about this theatre career theatre Clare & Joe made the 4th (We count it as Atomic Rhubarb's 3rd show) QUEER MONSTER show which featured Joe as QUEER's best friend and Nancy, a theatrical agent who was talking anus. Clare & Joe made another two versions of QUEER MONSTER, which featured her nemesis the Heterosexual Demon (based on an idea by Josh Clark). The 6th incarnation of the show, we toured to Barnstaple and Morecombe Fringe where it received very positive reviews. Clare has decided she wants to work QUEER in her own time but come out for the occasional fun. QUEER will always be a favourite of ours and she's got plenty more to say!
Looking for Baby Daddy
Barbara is pregnant. The problem is she doesn't know who the father is OR how she even got pregnant!? For 40 minutes Barbara tries to find her Baby Daddy. Her only company is 3 smutty theorists, who have the weirdest theories about her mysterious conception of the baby. Oh and Jacket Potato! Again a very silly show and an experiment in minimalism.
Created by Coral Adlam, Joe Brooks, Clare Finlan & Cydney Sylvester
Devised in 2018 and performed at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe
Click to watch the full show!
"The Seaside Show" is a family-friendly 40-minute show that can be performed anywhere! Made witht the support and funding of Big Worle, we premiered the show at their Teeny Tiny Festival Goes Large at Becket Primary School, Worle 25th September. It went down a treat!
The show follows Rocky & Sandy they work for Mother Earth and maintain the coasts or as humans call it "The Seaside" Suddenly Rocky and Sandy have got to work with the Humans to get the Seaside look the best it can for Mothers Inspection but they quicky distracted by the wonders of the Seaside
The Seaside Show
The Drowned Witch and The Plum Tree
Our first show!
The story of Sam & Jasper, two musicians who find themselves in the strange village of Little Happens. They come across the folktale of Timor the Witch who drowned herself because of a cursed Plum Tree.
As mad as our company name suggests, it's a mad, crazy show where we were able to find our style. A fun little runaround and it's very slick if we do say so ourselves!
Created by Coral Adlam, Joe Brooks, Clare Finlan, Jess Powell & Cydney Sylvester
Devised in 2017
Click to watch the full show!