Beasts (Why Girls Shouldn't Fear The Dark)

Theatre (new writing, artist(s) of colour)

  • ZOO Playground - Playground 2
  • 14:20
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Mandi Chivasa
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


When Ruva experiences street harassment, her entire world is thrown into chaos and turmoil. Raging against the system and a society who won't take her seriously, Ruva turns into a Beast, searching for a way to empower herself and fight the creatures that lurk at night. Part spoken word, part outcry, inspired by lived experiences and intertwined with Zimbabwean beliefs about spirituality and magical realism, Beasts explores the impact of street harassment and how we're supposed to feel safe when those sworn to protect us admit they can't.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Through main door and down a short corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Sacha Copland - Choreographer 106 days ago

This show was so beautiful physically and spatially. Storytelling that was alive and connected and invoked epic images. Transformative, relatable, real and magical.

Sebastian Elder 107 days ago

This is an incredibly important one woman. Through powerful oral, physical and technical storytelling Mandi Chivasa takes the audience on a journey that sheds light on a pressing issue facing women, though ultimately ends with a refreshing and empowering message. A must see for all this fringe!

Caitlin Mendoza-Price 108 days ago

What a dazzling performance! And such a creative way to tell the story of misogyny in society. Recommend for a watch!

Chris Hill 109 days ago

One of the last show I saw at this year’s fringe and a real gem - a dreamy and poetic piece of writing and a moving and powerful performance - please come and see this!

Mark Silver 111 days ago

The reviews were spot on. This was such a wonderful production. Brilliant writing, beautifully performed and absolutely captivating. Well done!

Joseph Richards 111 days ago

I sat in the front row and cried, especially towards the end of the performance as I felt like I was watching someone come into their power on stage.

The spoken word rhythms and poetic, evocative language were literally life changing in the moment of performance.

Perhaps even more special were the pauses, the in-between, the journeys Mandi breathed in the transitions.

The dream like and all too real moments merged and melted into dance and celebration and concern and refusal and honoring.

Fear and family, hope and belief, ferocity and becoming.

Go see this show!

Miztli 111 days ago

A beautifully performed solo show that strikingly encapsulates how it feels to be a woman walking at night. The writing is incredible and Chivasa’s performance is powerful, playful and totally captivating! Go see!!

Sabrina 117 days ago

Outstanding performance! This show was a highlight of my Fringe. Excellent story-telling, heartfelt and impressive. I can't stop thinking about it-- A must see!

Elaine 118 days ago

The rhythm and cadence of the performance was captivating. Touching, with hints of humour, I think it was good story relating to both family and the female experience. Really, a must see.

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