The B*easts  

 ★★★★★'A fantastically assured piece of writing and acting' The Times 

 ★★★★ 'Bold, provocative piece about our increasingly sexualised culture' The Stage 

 'Monica Dolan is stunningly good' Guardian

Nominated at the 2018 Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate 


Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a 
society towards our children as a whole, this dark tale from BAFTA award-winning actress Monica
Dolan explores the effect of contemporary culture on our children, and how far one mum will go
to give her child what she wants.

Dolan’s first solo play, a searing ‘What If?’ production, The B*easts is a chillingly resonant piece that invites us to examine our cultural environment from an extreme perspective – exploring how the unimaginable can take root in what we have come to regard as normality.

As Tessa, the central character says, "you only have the choices you can see". So when, and how, do you start noticing that your moral compass may be being directed by popular culture?


After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, The B*easts transferred to the Bush theatre, London in February 2018. 

'A fantastic actress' Telegraph
Monica Dolan won a BAFTA in 2012 for her role as Rosemary West in the ITV drama Appropriate Adult, and is otherwise best known for W1A, The Witness for the Prosecution, Alpha Papa – The Alan Partridge Movie, The Falling, The Arbor and Eye In The Sky. She has worked extensively with the Royal Court, National Theatre, RSC, Shared Experience and Out of Joint.

‘[A] superb performance' Independent

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