Edinburgh Fringe Spotlight—Sinister Clowning with The Long Pigs - CircusTalk

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Edinburgh Fringe Spotlight—Sinister Clowning with The Long Pigs

Three clowns with black noses dominate the stage, busily manufacturing misery. Their monochrome world is colored only by two things, the red noses of the previously happy clowns they have removed them from, and blood. It’s not a light-hearted romp these clowns turn out then, but rather a deep dive in to the dark heart of man—with a few u-turns in to the absurd and hilarious of course. And what a fascinating dive it is!

The Long Pigs is another Australian wonder that defies genres, although it would be easy to peg it as physical theater, that is only the mode of expression that these three seasoned physical performers use to push boundaries and defy our idea of what can be expressed without words. Surreal, absurd, dark and riveting, the bouffant clowns take us on a strangely familiar stroll around their ramshackle slaughterhouse. And as the riddle of what they are doing is slowl...

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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.