The Beast

Written and performed by Stuart Bowden

The Beast at Adelaide Fringe

The Beast is a poignant and playful tale accompanied by a live musical soundscape. An enchanting one man show about a creature that lives in a cave on the outskirts of town. Entwining songs from a ukulele and loop pedal, this uplifting tale will touch your heart and then tickle it (in a non-life-threatening way). 


Awards

Nominated for the Melbourne Green Room Award for Best Male Performer in Independent Theatre.

Nominated for the Melbourne Green Room Award for Best Writing in Independent Theatre. 


Toured

2017

The Blue Room Theatre (Perth)

2014

Det Andre Teatret (Oslo), The Pleasure Gardens (Perth).

2013

The Basement (Auckland ), Pleasance Theatre (London),  Brighton Dome (Brighton, UK), Parabola Arts Centre (Cheltenham, UK).

2012

Tuxedo Cat- Adelaide Fringe (Adelaide), Underbelly -  Edinburgh Fringe (Edinburgh), Power House - Brisbane Festival (Brisbane), Tuxedo Cat - Melbourne Fringe (Melbourne), Belvoir Theatre (Sydney).

2011

Battersea Arts Centre (London) (scratch performance)


Press

★★★★ "A story that'll work its way into your soul. Bowden commands a spellbound crowd. Quietly beautiful, a gift" - The List

"An enchanting and very different slice of storytelling" - The Stage

★★★★ "Laugh out loud humour, sparks of surreal brilliance and moments of touching melancholy. Unfolding like a dream, this is an off beat gem" - Three Weeks

"Effortlessly strong performer... He has us enraptured" - Fest

"An hour of innocent, heartfelt fun with some truly inventive musical interludes... displaying a perfect gift for pathos" - Scotsman

★★★★ "Touching in simplicity. This little gem of escapism leaves you feeling a little bit sad but very much alive." - The Adelaide Advertiser

★★★★ "Unique and charming" - The Adelaide Theatre Guide, AUS

"Bowden confirms my opinion he is one of the most prepossessing and honest storytellers we have the pleasure of seeing once a year" - No Plain Jane

Photo by Tony Virgo taken at Tuxedo Cat Adelaide

Tuxedo Cat Melbourne Fringe

 The Beast Parabola Arts Centre Cheltenham

The Beast Parabola Arts Centre Cheltenham

Photo by Tony Virgo at Tuxedo Cat Adelaide Fringe

Photo by Tony Virgo at Tuxedo Cat Adelaide

The Beast at Belvoir Theatre Sydney

 The Beast Battersea Arts Centre London

The Beast Battersea Arts Centre London