By Luke Bateman and Michael Conley
Inspired by Vice in its Proper Shape, this brand new macabre musical for adults and children alike draws inspiration from an 18th century cautionary tale. It tells the story of a child who stumbles upon a magical menagerie where naughty children’s souls have been transformed into the animals they most resembled in life. Meanwhile the menagerie’s proprietor, a mysterious man in black, tasks the child to choose one animal to set free. Can the child who never thought about anyone else learn to put others’ needs before their own? A dark and imaginatively comic piece which incorporates innovative puppetry in its storytelling.
THE LITTLE BEASTS by Luke Bateman and Michael Conley took place as a work-in-progress production at The Other Palace in July 2017. See our news blogs for more video footage and info.
Sebastien Torkia, Laura Baldwin, Nina Bell, Seyi Omooba, Ellie-Jane Goddard, Oliver Evans & Tyler Fagan
The show was selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber as part of his new Work In Progress initiative, dedicated to developing new British musicals. These shows were presented with minimal props, set and costume so they could be rewritten and changed throughout the run based on audience feedback.
JULY 2017 PRODUCTION AT THE OTHER PALACE CREDITS:
Director: Jamie Hinde
Puppet Design and Direction: Nick Barnes
Musical Supervisor: Paul Herbert
Orchestrations: Paul Herbert
Musical Director: Brady Mould
Movement / Choreography: Emily Holt
Assistant Director: Grace Taylor
Company Stage Manager: Zachary Holton
Sound Design: Stuart Gardener
Lighting Design: Matt Haskins
Set Design: Michael Conley
Marketing, Advertising and Promotions: Boom Ents (www.booments.com)
For Perfect Pitch: Andy Barnes (Producer), Wendy Barnes (Producer), Josh Bird (Assistant Producer)
For The Other Palace: Paul Taylor-Mills (Artistic Director), Danni Powell (General Manager), Elin Joseph (Marketing Manager), Rebecca Snape (Programming and Business Development Manager), Nick Butler (Technical Manager)
Band: Brady Mould (Keys), Nick Allen (Cello), Alice Angliss (Percussion), Ellie-Jane Goddard (Violin & Saxophone), Emma Mackinder (Reeds)
Puppets made by: Nick Barnes, Stephanie Elgersma, Megan Hambler, Maia Kirkman-Richards, Arna Maria Kristjansdottir, Oli Simonon, Ivan Thorley.