Beast on The Moon is a play by Richard Kalinoski, and its first London production will be performed on Tuesday, 29 January, directed by Jelena Budimir at the Finborough Theatre.

There will be a post show discussion on The Armenian Genocide and Refugees on Saturday, 2 February after the evening performance. It will be hosted by Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute) and our own Misak Ohanian (Centre for Armenian Information and Advice).

The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the modern era. It led to the destruction of an entire nation on its ancestral lands and created a refugee crisis of biblical proportions. Hundreds and thousands of women and children who survived the genocide were eventually collected in safe-houses, orphanages and refugee communities – and then dispersed throughout the world in what became the Armenian diaspora we know today.

So some are beheaded and some are crucified and some are slaughtered,
and who wins the battle of who died the worst death? Who wins?”

Milwaukee in the 1920s. Aram believes he will begin a new life when his teenage ‘mail-order’ bride, Seta, arrives to join him. They are a couple united by history – both survivors of the Armenian Genocide. But their painful, shared experience does nothing to promote domestic harmony as Aram is obsessed with creating a family to replace the one he lost in such savage circumstances, and Seta, just fifteen and trapped by the traditions of the old ways, struggles to embrace her new life in a new country…

Richard Kalinoski’s beautifully written, universal story of hope and healing, has been performed in more than twenty countries. It returns to London in a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, where it was last performed in the 1990s. Beast on the Moon remains a play for our times – a powerful exploration of legacy for so many refugees.

The Armenian Genocide of 1915-16 was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government against the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state. Up to one and a half million people died. To this day, the Turkish government refuses to admit that genocide ever took place.


Tuesday to Sunday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours with one interval of 15 minutes.


Discussions are after the evening performance and are free to ticketholders for that evening’s performance.

  • Saturday 2nd February: The Armenian Genocide and Refugees | Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute) and Misak Ohanian (Centre for Armenian Information and Advice).
  • Wednesday 13th February: Blessed are the Peacemakers | Ara Sarafian (Gomidas Institute)