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“Visually, I AM BEAST is stunning… crosses so many genres and styles, its originality is inspiring. It's like nothing I’ve seen before and paves the way for a new style of presenting such relevant, important issues, through a visceral, dynamic, awe-inspiring production.”

Broadway Baby

What happens when the wildest parts of our imagination take control? After the death of her mother, Ellie escapes into her own fantasy world of comic book superheroes and bewitching strangers, recreating herself as the ultimate vigilante.

Running amidst dark alleyways and sinister villains, she soon meets the wild and mysterious Beast and together they seek revenge. But as the walls of her new world begin to crumble, Ellie must finally face the truth behind her fantasies.

Following on from the acclaimed success of Killing Roger, Sparkle and Dark return with I am Beast, an award-winning, visually stunning exploration of the power of grief and childish imagination.

"A powerful, compelling piece.  Young adult audience members will immediately be drawn into this world and those of us who are older will remember the intense and sometimes desperate inner world of adolescence"

Total Theatre

Photos © Robert Piwko 2017

"Captivating puppetry... An outstanding piece of theatre from start to finish.  

                                                            Raw and dark... this is a show that everyone should see."

The Buxton Review

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"Hilarious and beautifully executed... Sparkle and Dark bring their own fascinating and fantastical take on experiences of death and loss"

Broadway Baby

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"A dazzling theatrical spectacle... The visual style is beautifully realised.  A first-class theatrical experience.  A triumph."


Fringe Guru

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"A geniunely moving and captivating depiction of a young girl's grief... a rich imaginary landscape."

The Skinny

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"Darkly moving... a powerful piece of theatre."

The Public Reviews

Audience Written Comments

Pleasance, Edinburgh 2015

“A voice for those in the dark and those who used to be. Thank you.”

Photos ©  Robert Piwko 2017

Supported and developed with...

I AM BEAST was developed with teenagers, therapists, psychiatrists and neurologists with support from an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust and funding from Arts Council Enland.  We continue to work with many of these organisations today! If you would like to learn more about the organisations who worked with us please click on the logos below or read more in the 'Biomedical Collborators' link above.



2017 Tour

February 21, 2017


The Courtyard, Hereford

February 23, 2017


Gulbenkian, Canterbury

March 01, 2017

7:30 PM

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

March 02, 2017


The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

March 03, 2017


Stamford Arts Centre

March 04, 2017


Old Fire Station, Oxford

March 08, 2017


South Holland Centre, Spalding

March 09, 2017


Chelmsford City Theatre

March 10, 2017


Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

March 11, 2017


Prema, Uley

March 16, 2017


The Hawth Theatre, Crawley

March 22, 2017


The Pleasance, London

March 23, 2017


The Pleasance, London

March 24, 2017


The Pleasance, London

March 25, 2017


The Pleasance, London

March 26, 2017


The Pleasance, London

March 28, 2017


Jersey Arts Centre

March 30, 2017

8:00 PM

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

March 31, 2017


Fisher Theatre, Bungay

After the show, a Play Back Theatre event will be held. The audience will share their feelings and stories related to the play they’ve just seen.The skilled and experienced team of actors will playback or enact what the have gathered.The audience will often be delighted and moved by the recreation of their own and others stories as theatre.

May 08, 2017


Lincoln Drill Hall

May 09, 2017


Riverhead Theatre, Louth

May 10, 2017

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Sqare Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

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May 19, 2017


Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset

May 21, 2017


Greenwich Theatre, London

May 23, 2017


Dorchester Arts, Dorset

May 26, 2017


The Warren, Brighton Festival Fringe

May 27, 2017


The Warren, Brighton Festival Fringe

May 28, 2017


The Warren, Brighton Festival Fringe

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2017 Tour

Previous Performances

5th - 31st August 2015   Pleasance Courtyard, Edfringe   Edinburgh


23rd-25th July 2015   Arts Centre, Buxton Festival Buxton, Derbyshire


11th - 12th  July 2015   Pleasance Theatre, Islington  London


9th November 2014   New Diorama (work in progress showing)  Euston, London


22nd November 2014  MIMETIC Festival, The Vaults  (work in progress showing) Waterloo, London

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