Murder! Lies! Cows!
Written by and starring Eddie Perfect, and directed by Simon Phillips, The Beast is an organic, free range, jet-black comedy that holds a hand-crafted chef’s blade to the throat of modern Australia.
The Beast will feature a stellar cast including Heidi Arena (The Librarians, Audrey’s Kitchen, Little Lunch, Nowhere Boys), Alison Bell (Upper Middle Class Bogan, House Husbands, Offspring, Hedda Gabler), Christie Whelan Browne (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, The Rocky Horror Show, Singin’ in The Rain), Peter Houghton (The Pitch, Endagame, The China Incident, Gallipoli, The Eye Of The Storm, Newstopia, Howzat! Kerrie Packer’s War), Eddie Perfect (Offspring, Shane Warne The Musical, Keating! The Musical, Babes In The Wood, Drink Pepsi Bitch, The Big Con) and Toby Truslove (Last Man Standing, Utopia, Eurovision Quiz Show, Children Of The Sun).
The creative team for The Beast will include set and costume design by Dale Ferguson, lighting design by Trent Suidgeest and composition by Alan John.
When three tree-changing couples flee their dark past, they quickly find country life is not all (locally sourced) peaches and (hand churned, bicycle-delivered) cream. After an Angus calf is purchased for a respectful, face-your-food, nose-to-tail dinner party, the reality of life on the land is more confronting than any of them could have imagined.
Eddie Perfect’s confronting, disturbing and hilarious play gleefully tears apart middle-class trends, social climbers, foodies, wine-snobs, helicopter parents, self-serving do-gooders and self-righteous gardeners.
There will be blood. There will be food. There will be perfectly matched wine. It’s the worst dinner party ever. And you’re invited.
SYDNEY | Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre | 27 July – 14 August
MELBOURNE | Comedy Theatre | 25 August – 4 September
BRISBANE | QPAC| 15 – 18 September
Tickets on sale: Wednesday 18 May, thebeastplay.com