Beasts (Las Brutas)
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.
Cast: Anne Marie Cavanah, Claire Cogan, Sean O’Callaghan and Carolyn Pickles
Creative team: Lorna Ritchie (Designer), John Leonard (Sound Designer), and Michael Nabarro (Lighting Designer).
Developed with support from King’s College London (Futures Fund), Out of the Wings, the National Theatre Studio and Amnesty International/iceandfire.
August 30th – September 24th 2011