Kill The Beast perform He Had Hairy Hands as part of Incoming Festival at the New Diorama


The year is 1974, the sleepy town is Hemlock-Under-Lye, and when werewolf attacks threaten to ruin teatime, there’s only one person you can call…

After receiving 4 and 5 star reviews for runs in Edinburgh and London, He Had Hairy Hands won both the Peter Brook Festival Award and Best Studio Show at the Manchester Theatre Awards 2014.  


Pitchfork Pitchfork

“Wonderfully hyperbolic, its comedy is swift, erratic, and cartoonish, and so fast it almost runs away with you.”

“He Had Hairy Hands is bold, rigorous and truly unmissable.”

*****  A Younger Theatre

“A constant delight that is screamingly funny.”

*****  A Public Theatre

“A highly entertaining hour and ten minutes that manages to make blood and guts seem as delightful as a homemade cake.”

****  The Scotsman

“A deliciously macabre affair, rich and witty in its references, brilliantly detailed.”

****  The Stage

“The energy, like the butchery, never lets up for a moment.”

“Executed with a boldness and wit that more established companies would kill for.”

****  What’s On Stage

“A dark and joyously ridiculous show….Scooby Doo meets Midsomer Murders.”

****  What’s On Stage

“He Had Hairy Hands is incredibly, unbelievably funny.”

****  The List

“A combination of razor-clawed humour and lunatic narrative ambition.”

“Another gloriously depraved chiller that exceeds the high expectations this topping company have so rapidly built for themselves.”

****  Exeunt Magazine

“Furiously fast-paced knockabout noir.”

“A hugely entertaining and imaginative show, beautifully executed.”

****  Exeunt Magazine

“Young and incredibly talented theatre company.”

“Comedy theatre at its best.”

“Kill The Beast have absolute bags of ingenuity and this ludicrously inventive show cements them as one theatre company who are destined for huge things.”

****  Broadway Baby

“A hugely entertaining, slick production.”

Manchester Theatre Awards

“Surreal cartoon comedy meets genuine intrigue, all mixed up with a phenomenal dose of well-choreographed theatricality.”

“A thoroughly entertaining romp.”

“This surreal comedy piece is joyful, filled with a wild energy, and endlessly watchable.”



Set/Projection Design

Bryan Woltjen


Alex Purcell

Costume Design

Rachel Owen and Nina Scott

Lighting Design

Elliot Griggs


Ben Osborn

Sound Design

Ed Borgnis

Stage Management

Fergus Nimmo 

Publicity Design

Oliver Baxter

Publicity Photography

Helena Miscioscia