The Beast & The Bride


An erotic, horror, fairy tale, for the modern feminist.

Written and performed by Clare Testoni (West of The Moon) as a Victorian bride waiting for her unknown groom on her wedding night.

Using gothic shadow puppets, a bed, and an antique wedding dress, she tells stories of beauties, beasts, and Bluebeards as she waits. Through these stories the 5000-year history of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ and its dark origins are unravelled in this chilling one-woman show.

Directed by Finn O’Branagáin (Interrupting a CrisisTamogotchi ResetThe EpicThe Beast and The Bride explores these stories away from Disney and children’s books.
We see why these dark tales were originally told, and are asked, in a modern age of gender equality what does it mean to make men beasts and women beauties?


Written and performed by Clare Testoni

Directed and dramaturged by Finn O'Branagáin

Produced by Natalie Di Risio

Music by Elise Rietze

Stage Manager, Adrienne Patterson

Design by Clare Testoni

Corset by Jacqui Lucey