Beast On The Moon - Finborough Theatre

Stop reading and book tickets now if you like thought-provoking period drama which will keep you captivated, with continuous surprises and plot twists from the beginning to the very end.

Set between 1921 and 1933, the plot follows the marriage of Seta, a fifteen year old Armenian orphan and refugee mail-order bride to Aram an Armenian American. 

Before the performance my erudite companion told me he hoped this play would be relevant and vital and wondered what must we know about Armenia now?  The answer it turned out, was what we need to know now not just about Armenia or Armenian people but about all refugees.  He was not disappointed about relevance either.  

Kalinoski’s sensitive three-hander script poses questions about ethnic cleansing and the aftermath for survivors, the struggle for displaced people to retain their ethnic identity and gender politics, all of which remain as relevant today as in Armenia almost a century ago. 

Jelena Budimir’s powerful production for Finborough partner All Ignite Theatre is a joy to behold with strong performances from each of the cast.  

Zarima McDermott’s portrayal of the main character, Seta, is particularly enchanting. 

Beast On The Moon is at the Finborough Theatre until 23rd February with performances Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm and matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. (Saturday matinee performances from 9th February only) .

The Finborough Theatre is at 118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED.