Beasts (La Brutas)
From: Tuesday, 30th August 2011
To: Saturday, 24 September 2011
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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 Radrigan 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.
5 September 2011
You’ve hewn out a tough life high up on a remote mountain for your whole life, your family has slowly trickled to the city or died at home and now you’re getting old. Do you let the loneliness seep in and shrivel you with bitterness? Or look at the sunset on the mountaintops and dream in vain of dancing, having a family, a life? Perhaps death begins to seem a comforting prospect...
Based on the real, mystifying discovery in October 1974 of three sisters hung together from the waist by rope in the Chilean Andes with no traces of struggle in their small home, Juan Radrigan’s powerful Beasts (La brutas) examines the drag of isolation on the human spirit, against the backdrop of General Pinochet’s violent uprising against an elected Marxist government the previous year.
The UK premiere of a new translation by Catherine Boyle, Professor of Latin American Studies at Kings College London, the language is beautifully plain but poetic: “Y...
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