Head for Heights presents the UK premiere of Beasts (Las Brutas)By Juan Radrigán : 30 August – 24 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. Parents, siblings and neighbours have either died or fled the challenging landscape to find work in distant towns. 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 examines, movingly and at times humorously, 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
Cast includes Anne Marie Cavanah, Claire Cogan, Carolyn Pickles and Sean O’Callaghan
‘… an observant, sensitive and sad play, never preaching, always generous and directed with matching generosity by Sue Dunderdale.’
The Sunday Times on The Way Home
‘… sparkily translated by Catherine Boyle.’
The Daily Telegraph the RSC’s House of Desires
Juan Radrigán’s awards include: Best Chilean Play (for When All is Said and Done); Circle of Critics Prize (for The Bull by the Horns, 1983 and The Exile of the Naked Woman, 2002); Apes Prize (for Drunken Ghosts, 1997 and When All is Said and Done, 1999); the Agustin Siré Prize from the Academy of Fine Arts, 2002, and the Altazor Prize for Best Dramatist, 2005.
Developed with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, King’s College London, Out of The Wings and National Theatre Studio.
Post-show talks Tues 30th August, Tuesday 6th September & Tuesday 20th.
To buy tickets visit: www.theatre503.com
‘Chile Night’ with post-show Q&A on Tuesday 6th September
Beasts Seminar : click here to find out more
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