30th August - 24th September 2011

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.


Directed by Sue Dunderdale

Translated by Catherine Boyle

Produced by Karen Morash

Designer: Lorna Ritchie

Assistant Designer: Laura Cordery

Sound Designer: John Leonard

Lighting Designer: Michael Nabarro

Stage Manager: Grzegorz Staszczyk

Deputy Stage Manager: Hélène Davies

Assistant Director: Huan Wang

Assistant Producer: Janet Morris


Carolyn Pickles as Justa

Anne Marie Cavanah as Luciana

Claire Cogan as Lucia

Sean O’Callaghan as Don Javier


Pictures copyright Sarah Ainslie

'Beasts is a demanding, passionate play, and with deprivation and marginalisation so high on the current domestic agenda, its UK premiere could not come at a better time.'


'The kind of production that gnaws away at the soul, Las Brutas is rarely easy but beautifully haunting and highly recommended.'

There Ought to be Clowns

'This new production makes it easy to see why an underexposed Chilean playwright deserves such rich praise.'

'I was gripped throughout, right up to the devastating climax.'

The Public Reviews

'From the emotional start to the tragic finish, this touching production is directed by Sue Dunderdale and left my companion and I in tears.'

Time and Leisure

'Sue Dunderdale’s atmospheric production elegantly evokes the rhythms of these women’s lives and Boyle’s translation includes a measure of lightness and humour to balance out the otherwise unrelenting nature of their existence.'

The Stage

'We seldom get the chance to see Chilean theatre in the UK, and this rigorously claustrophobic and effective production from Sue Dunderdale offers a glimpse of another world.'

The Guardian

'This is the first production of Beasts in the UK and its’ beauty and poignancy beg for more Chilean translations.'

Extra! Extra!

'Beasts is a dark, thought provoking and well acted piece which delves into the issue of loneliness that can affect so many of us.'

Southwark News

This show was developed with support from King's College London, Out of the Wings, The National Theatre Studio and Amnesty International/Ice and Fire