The List review of The Beast ✭✭✭✭

Added on by Stuart Bowden.

The Beast (4 stars)

With just a uke and a loop pedal, Bowden commands a spellbound crowd

The Beast
Stuart Bowden wants to tell you a story about a beast. His name is Winslow and he lives on the edge of town, just a short helicopter ride away if you happen to have a helicopter. Winslow is a little awkward and a little lonely, one of his prized possessions a pair of bikini bottoms with ‘COWGIRL’ emblazoned across them.
Bowden wants to give you a new friend, in a story that’ll work its way into your soul. With just a ukulele and a loop pedal for company, he tells his tale simply and directly, with complete command of a spellbound crowd. If at times the ambience tips close to twee, Bowden snatches it back right away with a wry joke or some snappy ukulele work.

There are plenty of live original songs that are by turns sweet, funky, funny and sad, accompanying the odd burst of joyous dancing and a narrative that’s part Stig of the Dump, partWhere the Wild Things Are and all heart. This show is quietly beautiful, a gift.
Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug (not 13), 8.10pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50-£9.50).