Beast on the Moon

Beast on the Moon

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'So some are beheaded and some are crucified and some are slaughtered, 
and who wins the battle of who died the worst death? Who wins?'

Overview

Milwaukee in the 1920s. Aram believes he will begin a new life when his teenage ‘mail-order’ bride, Seta, arrives to join him. They are a couple united by history – both survivors of the Armenian Genocide. But their painful, shared experience does nothing to promote domestic harmony as Aram is obsessed with creating a family to replace the one he lost in such savage circumstances, and Seta, just fifteen and trapped by the traditions of the old ways, struggles to embrace her new life in a new country…

Richard Kalinoski’s beautifully written, universal story of hope and healing, has been performed in more than twenty countries. It returns to London in a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, where it was last performed in the 1990s. Beast on the Moon remains a play for our times – a powerful exploration of legacy for so many refugees.

The Armenian Genocide of 1915-16 was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government against the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state. Up to one and a half million people died. To this day, the Turkish government refuses to admit that genocide ever took place.

Critic reviews

A powerful and timely tale that speaks to a modern audience

Evening Standard

Richard Kalinoski’s deeply touching play is about the fraught relationship between two escapees of the Armenian genocide living in 1920s Milwaukee

The Guardian

Humane and melancholy revival of Richard Kalinoski’s domestic drama

The Stage

Flawed but moving drama about the aftermath of the Armenian genocide

Time Out

Aram and Seta could be Jewish or indeed, today, Syrian and probably tomorrow Yemeni

The Arts Desk

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 29 Jan - Sat 23 Feb, 3pm & 7.30pm

Venue

118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED London, UK · Get Directions

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