Brendan McLeod

Writer - Spoken Word Artist - Musician - Theatre Artist


In the 1950’s, the RCMP set out to fire every homosexual in Canada ’s civil service. In the process, they built a machine aimed at scientifically detecting homosexuality, which became known as ‘The Fruit Machine’. In his monologue of the same name, Brendan McLeod explores the absurd activities our nation has undertaken under the guise of protecting its families. Drawing on subjects as disparate as Facebook, the BC court system, adultery, Iron Maiden, and the invention of birth control, Brendan weaves parallels between one hundred years of Canadian history and his own neurotic existence. In firm disagreement with the words of William Lyon Mackenzie King, “Canadians in all their habits, are essentially a temperate people,” he explores the more extreme aspects of our nation – and himself – in a comedy about death, disease, and anxiety, which is ultimately a meditation on the natures of responsibility and fear.