*We regret to inform you that this show is no longer available for sale due to the cancellation of Melbourne International Comedy Festival. We will be in contact in the coming days to all existing ticket buyers with information on refunds. Thank you for your patience and understanding.*

Turns out testosterone filled comedy isn’t what you thought!

Welcome to Beast, a stand-up show by the transgender, trans-national, performance artist turned comedian, Krishna Istha.

Directed by Zoë Coombs Marr (Best Show Melbourne Comedy Festival 2016, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2016), Beast throws a refreshingly daft non-sense bomb at the binary everything.

Super smart politics meets some really silly props as Krishna dares themselves to some (pretty bent) straight talk at the stand-up mic: babysitting the woke way, is this McDonalds or Grindr? (and don’t get them started on the toilets). Plus, the shocking truth behind the question: 'What's in the bum bag!?'

The surprise star of the audacious satire Wild Bore in Malthouse Theatre’s 2017 season, Krishna uses avant-garde comedy and experimental theatre Istha tackles issues of stereotypes, hormone replacement therapy, sexual fluidity and the reality of living while trans head-on with heart and humour.

Istha is renowned internationally for work that looks at transformations, gender politics and queer culture using subversive text, cabaret, and comedy. Part stand-up comedy and part performance art, Beast is a self-help comedy for the oppressed.

"The remarkable Krishna Istha."
— The Monthly (for Wild Bore)
"Krishna Istha is cute, fiery, and cheeky and has a lot to say on the subjects of queer culture and gender politics."
— Theatre du Jour (for Wild Bore)

Krishna Istha


Zoë Coombs Marr

Event & ticketing details


Wheelchair Access


Preview $25.00
Standard $29.00
Concession $25.00
Tightarse Tuesday $25.00


Bagging Room

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions


Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.


The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes


Drug references, nudity and strong sexual references.

Latecomers may not be able to be admitted. Please call Box Office for further information when making your booking.


NOTAFLOF is 'No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds'

We invite audiences to pay it forward when they’re buying their tickets to Beast and donate the cost of an additional ticket for someone who’s trans, non-binary, Indigenous, and/or a person of colour if they can’t afford one themselves.

The regular bookings websites should show a 'NOTAFLOF' ticket price that is approximately double the regular ticket price. That’s one for you, and one for NOTAFLOF!

When you buy a NOTAFLOF ticket you don’t know who receives it, you don’t have to sit with them, and there’s nothing more for you to do after purchase.

If you need a NOTAFLOF ticket, just fill out this form – that’s it!

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