Head for Heights
Chile, 1974. In the extreme isolation of the Andean foothills, three sisters are found hanged from a rock, their animals slaughtered beside them...
Justa, Lucia and Luciana are three Coya (indigenous Andean) sisters, and the last remnants of a large family who tried to survive in an inhospitable environment. Faced with ageing bodies, loneliness, and terror of unknown forces which seem to be closing in on them, the sisters make a decision which shocks a nation.
Against the backdrop of the Pinochet regime’s ascent to power, internationally-acclaimed playwright Juan Radrigán (winner of the Critics Circle Award and the Municipal Prize for Literature) examines the effect of isolation and fear on the human spirit. With poignant echoes of the 2010 Chilean miners’ crisis and resonance with marginalised communities worldwide, Beasts is a haunting portrayal of love, fear and impossible choices.
Developed with support from King’s College London (Futures Fund), Out of the Wings, the National Theatre Studio and Amnesty International/Ice and Fire.
Directed by Sue Dunderdale
Translated by Catherine Boyle
Justa: Carolyn Pickles
Luciana: Anne Marie Cavanah
Lucia: Claire Cogan
Don Javier: Sean O’Callaghan
Designer: Lorna Ritchie
Assistant Designer: Laura Cordery
Sound Designer: John Leonard
Lighting Designer: Michael Nabarro
Produced by Karen Morash
Stage Manager: Grzegorz Staszczyk
Deputy Stage Manager: Hélène Davies
Assistant Director: Huan Wang
Assistant ProducerJanet Morris