He Had Hairy Hands

Following on from the huge success of debut show, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, (an adaptation of Tom Bakers novel), Lowry Associate Artists, Kill the Beast returned to the Quays to deliver a cracker of a show and their first completely original work, He Had Hairy Hands.

By Manchester's Finest | June 11th '14

Following on from the huge success of debut show, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, (an adaptation of Tom Bakers novel), Lowry Associate Artists, Kill the Beast returned to the Quays to deliver a cracker of a show and their first completely original work, He Had Hairy Hands, before heading to Edinburgh for the summer.

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Telling the tale of curtain twitching town, Hemlock-Under-Lye in the midst of mysterious and vicious werewolf attacks, this dark and delicious piece is a fun and fearsome frolic. Described as a ‘70’s detective werewolf mystery’ it’s like a mash up of The League of Gentleman and Scooby Doo with a touch of Midsummer Murders thrown in for good measure, yet totally and utterly original with twists and turns along the way.

This balmy, sharp and devilish tale was created from a series of sketches which have been cleverly knitted together to create a slick and fabulously entertaining piece of theatre. The performers are exceptional, playing weird and wonderful characters to perfection with such strong characterisation that they make the grotesque and strange seem likeable and endearing. It’s hard to believe this is only their second production; it’s so polished and professional.

This balmy, sharp and devilish tale was created from a series of sketches which have been cleverly knitted together to create a slick and fabulously entertaining piece of theatre.

The projected animations designed by Alex Purcell are displayed on a large screen behind the performers allowing this quick paced piece to move from scene to scene effortlessly whilst adding to the supernaturally spooky atmosphere. The writing is brilliant; the speed at which the gags come is seriously quick, the audience lapped up every single minute of this totally unique production and as for the original song, outstanding!

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If you’re heading to the Fringe this summer I urge you to beg, borrow or steal to make sure you get a ticket to spend the night with the townsfolk of Hemlock-Under-Lye and the charmingly bonkers Kill the Beast.

He Had Hairy Hands
The Lowry