The Beast (4 stars)

With just a uke and a loop pedal, Bowden commands a spellbound crowd

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This article is from 2012.

The Beast

Stuart Bowden wants to tell you a story about a beast. His name is Winslow and he lives on the edge of town, just a short helicopter ride away if you happen to have a helicopter. Winslow is a little awkward and a little lonely, one of his prized possessions a pair of bikini bottoms with ‘COWGIRL’ emblazoned across them.

Bowden wants to give you a new friend, in a story that’ll work its way into your soul. With just a ukulele and a loop pedal for company, he tells his tale simply and directly, with complete command of a spellbound crowd. If at times the ambience tips close to twee, Bowden snatches it back right away with a wry joke or some snappy ukulele work.

There are plenty of live original songs that are by turns sweet, funky, funny and sad, accompanying the odd burst of joyous dancing and a narrative that’s part Stig of the Dump, part Where the Wild Things Are and all heart. This show is quietly beautiful, a gift.

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug (not 13), 8.10pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50-£9.50).

This article is from 2012.

The Beast

  • 4 stars

Following worldwide acclaim for The World Holds Everyone Apart, Apart from Us, 'a show of such beauty it will take your breath away' ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks), and The Lounge Room Confabulators, 'magical' ****(List), multi award-winning Australian theatre maker, Stuart Bowden, returns with a poignant and playful tale.

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