Visually stunning play explores power of grief in Crawley

Sparkle and Dark Theatre Company, which produces and tours new writing and daring puppetry, bring their award-winning show I Am Beast to The Hawth Studio, Crawley, on Thursday, March 16 (7.45pm).

I Am Beast
I Am Beast

The show is based on a short story written by award-winning playwright Louisa Ashton and was developed by the company alongside teenagers from London.

What happens when the wildest parts of our imagination take control? Yearning for escape, Ellie journeys through a flickering world of bewitching strangers and comic book superheroes, recreating herself as the ultimate vigilante. Running amid 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.

Spokeswoman Sammi O’Neill said: “I Am Beast is a visually stunning exploration of the power of grief and childish imagination. The company uses unique life-sized puppetry as well as live music and UV landscapes to bring the story to life.

“The play is suitable for anyone over the age of 12, particularly people and groups interested in mental health issues or issues of loss and grief. Schools and groups are welcome.”

Tickets cost £15 (discounts £13, schools £8.50).

Call 01293 553636.

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