Kill the Beast: Don't Wake the Damp (3 stars)

A silly and funny sci-fi affair with wild showtunes aplenty

Kill the Beast: Don't Wake the Damp

credit: Helena Miscioscia

The Kill the Beast collective is back with more horror-comedy (last year's werewolf / detective spoof He Had Hairy Hands also returned for 2016) but this time they've gone all sci-fi with Don't Wake the Damp. Set in a neon future, it may bring to mind low-budget movies from the 80s and 90s such as Mandroid, Galaxy of Terror or Deadly Spawn.

It's 2035 and a towering high-rise has been infested by sentient damp. The last few residents – including Juniper Berry (Natasha Hodgson) the cranky star of long cancelled TV series The Crystal Continuum (think Blake's 7 / Space 1999) – must face this tentacled horror. Can our plucky heroes rise to the challenge and slay the moist-creeping fiend?

The energetic cast (also including David Cumming, Oliver Jones and Zoe Roberts) certainly work for their money playing multiple characters and mugging their way through the deliberately creaky script and OTT sci-fi showtunes. It's a brilliantly designed set utilising three movable panels, projections and DIY effects to transport you into this crackpot universe. Silly, funny and totally engaging, you'll finally discover the arcane secret behind your local council's love of red tape.

Pleasance Dome, until 29 Aug (not 26), 3pm, £10–£12 (£9–£10.50).

Kill the Beast: Don't Wake the Damp

  • 3 stars

Kill the Beast present a tale inspired by 80s sci-fi, 90s gaming and superhero theme tunes.


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