THE LITTLE BEASTS
by Luke Bateman & Michael Conley
Luke and Michael met in the very first First Year Workshop in 2011. Their third musical together, The Little Beasts was selected for licensing by Perfect Pitch in 2014.
Based on the 18th century cautionary tale Vice in its Proper Shape, The Little Beasts is about a child who stumbles upon a magical menagerie where naughty children's souls have been transformed into the animals they most resembled in life. The menagerie’s proprietor, a mysterious man in black, tasks the child to choose one animal to set free. To do this, the child must learn how each animal came to be. In this dark and comedic cautionary tale, we meet the menagerie’s inhabitants and learn why they are there and how they plan to escape. Can the child who never thought about anyone else learn to put others’ needs before their own?
The show was selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber as part of his new Work In Progress initiative, dedicated to developing new British musicals and ran at The Other Palace in London in July 2017.