Rejoice! Actor, writer, comedian, composer and musician Eddie Perfect is coming to Brisbane for a new run of his blackly comic play, The Beast.
Perhaps best known by mainstream audiences for his portrayal of Mick Holland on Offspring and as a host on Play School, Eddie is widely acclaimed for his work as a writer and live performer.
His solo musical comedy shows — Angry Eddie, Drink Pepsi Bitch and Misanthropology — have received Helpmann and Green Room Awards and toured internationally, and his other stage credits include Strictly Ballroom, Shane Warne The Musical, Keating! The Musical, and a memorable turn in Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s production of Into The Woods in Brisbane last year.
Written by and starring Perfect, and directed by Simon Phillips, The Beast is an organic, free range, jet-black comedy that holds a hand-crafted chef’s blade to the throat of modern Australia.
When three couples flee their dark past for a ‘tree change’, they quickly find country life is not all (locally sourced) peaches and (hand churned, bicycle-delivered) cream.
After an Angus calf is purchased for a respectful, face-your-food, nose-to-tail dinner party, the reality of life on the land is more confronting than any of them could have imagined.
Eddie Perfect’s confronting, disturbing and hilarious play gleefully tears apart middle-class trends, social climbers, foodies, wine snobs, helicopter parents, self-serving do-gooders and self-righteous gardeners.
There will be blood. There will be food. There will be perfectly matched wine. It’s the worst dinner party ever. And you’re invited.
The Beast was Eddie’s first crack at writing a play, and judging by the response it got when the Melbourne Theatre Company debuted the show back in 2013, he nailed it right out of the gate. Now he’s bringing the show back for a national run, including a stint in Brisbane.
“I’ve always relished black comedy, but I was genuinely surprised by the impact The Beast had on Melbourne audiences,” Eddie says.
“It gave me heart that the rest of the country might also enjoy a night of bloody and twisted comedy.
“The central conceit of The Beast is based on an actual dinner party I attended in the Yarra Valley, an hour outside of Melbourne. A 14-month-old, 450kg female Angus calf was purchased for an evening of nose to tail eating. But after the mobile butcher injured his hand and was rushed to the emergency, it made me wonder just how far I’d be prepared to go in order to face my food.
“I’m delighted to once again be teaming up with Simon Phillips, the busiest and best director on the planet, who has miraculously found time in his schedule to corral an A1 cast of comic actors (and me). We’re determined to bring Australian audiences something truly hilarious, comforting and unforgettable.”
The Beast comes to QPAC from Thursday 15 September to Sunday 18 September. Tickets go on sale at 10am next Wednesday 18 May at thebeastplay.com.