Jon Bennett: Playing With Men

Jon Bennett: Playing With Men


12 - 16 Sep | 1 hour PACT

Fringe favourite Jon Bennett was once a great junior footballer in Southern Australia.

He was set to "MAKE IT" until he started playing with men... real men. Jon's football career came crashing down when a community tragedy made him re-evaluate his life.

Now a multi award-winning touring performer of festival phenomenon such as Pretending Things Are a Cock, Fire in the Meth Lab, How I Learned to Hug and my Dad's Deaths, it seems Bennett couldn't be further away from the football field. But Jon "Pretend Cocks Guy" Bennett can never run too far from tackling the big men.

A show about community, friendships, life, death, and a bit of football.
- No holding the man
- No holding the ball
- Out of bounds
- Boys don't cry

** Just for Laughs Best Comedy Award nomination ** (Montreal Fringe, 2016)

**Outstanding Storytelling Award Winner** (Victoria Fringe, 2019)

“ A tour de force who will make you laugh–to tears. ★★★★★” - Otakuno Culture

“Bennett expertly engages us with his wit and self-deprecating charm, so this is a performance we enjoy and endure, together. It is successful in combining the release of a good laugh with a depth of meaning we must process afterwards. ★★★★½” - Stage Whispers

”What I love most about Bennett is he’s an artist who doesn’t just make you laugh or cry, he makes you think. And in Jon Bennett: Playing With Men, he’s at his best.” - London Free Press

“Side-splittingly funny and scathingly self-critical, it’s a valuable work that probes at toxic masculinity and the culture of machismo.” - CVTV

“Made me laugh until I cried. Then laugh some more.” - Theatre In London

“Both funny and crushingly tragic. ★★★★” - Check the Program

“This friendly show is hard not to love. ★★★★” - The Australia Times

"Charming and funny" - Orlando Sentinel

Show details

Show details
  • 12 - 16 Sep | 1 hour
  • Venue 1: PACT
Performance notes
  • Sydney Premiere
  • Content warnings: Coarse Language, Discussion of Sexual Violence
Venue details & accessibility

107 Railway Parade, Erskineville 2043 (Gadigal Country)
Telephone: 02 9550 2744


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“It seems every year that we say Bennett’s show is a must-see and this year’s no different. He has skillfully built upon the foundation that previous shows establish and we are left with a unique blend of gut-busting laughter and emotional resonance in his wake. ★★★★★" Theatre in London

"Bennett’s stories are as funny as they are heart-warmingly honest. You will laugh at the hilarious slide show he has prepared, but you will also tear up at the honesty he brings to the stage. ★★★★★" National Post

"Storytelling genius. ★★★★★" Edmonton Journal

  • Writer & Performer – Jon Bennett