Patrick Monahan - Stories and Fables for Kids that Like to Sit at Tables!
This article is from 2009.
Irish-Iranian Teessider branches out for a younger audience
Patrick Monahan’s clean-cut, affable stand-up act has always been a magnet for families at the Fringe, yet he is only now launching his first fully-fledged children’s show. ‘I have done stand-up for kids, but this is different. I fell in love with the whole idea of storytelling and dress up as a 467-year-old Middle Eastern storyteller who tells loads of stories that I’ve written; things like “The Quizmaster Who Came to Town” and “The Table that Could Talk”.’
For the half-Irish, half-Iranian comedian from Teesside, performing to children is the ideal way for comedians to challenge themselves. ‘A lot of comedians get lazy,’ Monahan reckons. ‘In a children’s show, you can’t rely on swearing, blue jokes or innuendo. I’ve seen so many comics drop out before kids’ shows because of nerves. And you look at the audience and it’s not 40 lads out on a stag do, it’s just young children.’ But despite the reduced likelihood of heckling, Stories and Fables will be no easy gig. ‘With adults, it’s about the wordplay, and you can sometimes get away with it if you’re not on form. With kids, it’s got to be bang bang all the time.’
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Bristo Square, 0131 622 6552, 9–30 Aug (not 17), 1.30pm, £7–£8 (£6–£7). Previews 7&8 Aug, £5.