Inspired by Vice in its Proper Shape, this brand new macabre musical for adults and children alike draws inspiration from an 18th century cautionary tale. It tells the story of a child who stumbles upon a magical menagerie where naughty children’s souls have been transformed into the animals they most resembled in life. Meanwhile the menagerie’s proprietor, a mysterious man in black, tasks the child to choose one animal to set free. Can the child who never thought about anyone else learn to put others’ needs before their own? A dark and imaginatively comic piece which incorporates innovative puppetry in its storytelling.


The Little Beasts had a workshop performance (as shown in the video above) during its development with Perfect Pitch. The professional tour is currently in planning for 2018/19.



Luke Bateman and Michael Conley

The show has been written by Luke Bateman and Michael Conley and developed by Perfect Pitch.
For more information about the show’s development to date visit Perfect Pitch’s website.

Luke Bateman is a multi-award-winning composer. Luke studied composition and Twentieth Century Music under professor Martin Butler at the University of Sussex and voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Luke has written for TV, stage and film. Musical theatre successes include the West End and Off Broadway hit, MR POPPER’S PENGUINS and the Off West End hit THE SORROWS OF SATAN.

Michael Conley studied musical theatre performance at Abilene Christian University. In New York he hosted the award-winning GAY & LESBIAN COMEDY FEST and starred in HELLO, BOYS!, a revue of songs he wrote with Matthew Loren Cohen. Musicals include the Off West End hits SUPERHERO and THE SORROWS OF SATAN.

Photos from the Work-In-Progress Production at The Other Palace (photos: Nick Barnes)