John Pendal takes us on an intriguing journey into the world of kink. He explores the topic through his own personal story, one of a shy, closeted, Baptist boy that went on to become first British man to win International Mr Leather in 2003 and embrace the world of fetish.
His show is engaging and hilarious throughout, dipping into political moments while he tells his story – complete with baby photos and comical cat photos to add some lighter comedic elements. He has a talented ability to turn a sharp corner from a tame joke to setting his audience on the edge of their comfort zone within seconds.
Pendal is able to introduce the room to a new perspective on a taboo subject, remaining unassuming but convincing as he promotes inclusivity and an understanding of the spectrum of sexuality.
Words: Katie Mckenzie
Picture: David Harris
John Pendal: International Man of Leather, The Stand, Aug 24-28, 4.45pm