Beasts

Head for Heights

Theatre Company

BEASTS

by Juan Radrigán

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

 

CAST:

 

Justa: Carolyn Pickles

Luciana: Anne Marie Cavanah

Lucia: Claire Cogan

Don Javier: Sean O’Callaghan

 

CREATIVE TEAM:

 

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