EDMUND THE LEARNED PIG
TOURING TO DATE
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Thursday 1st October & Friday 2nd October 2015
Monday 14 September 2015
Freedom Festival Big Top, Hull
Sunday 6th September 2015
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 at Summerhall
Mon 24th- Sun 30th August 2015
Southbank Centre, London
(as part of Unlimited Festival)
Saturday 6th September 2014
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Thursday 10th - Saturday 26th October 2013
Edmund the Learned Pig is available for touring the UK and internationally throughout 2017 & 2018 subject to negotiation. Click HERE for more information.
Bonaparte's travelling circus and marvellous menagerie has hit the skids
A zoo with just pigeons, an aerialist with vertigo and a Mr Memory who can't remember his name. No one was coming.
And then into their lives came a Pig...
Carved from a poem by Edward Gorey this darkly pleasant rip-snorter of a tail will tickle the palette of adults and young shavers alike.
Gasp as Edmund proves he's no ordinary porker, Thrill as he tries to save the Circus, Shiver as he goes in search of the ghastly fate of pigs...
"A Veritable Feast" Pig Breeders Weekly
Suitable for Vegetarians, Carnivores and the Deaf
Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015
“A short and curly tale of itinerant Circus folk and a Pig who taught himself to read.”
THE BOSS - GARRY ROBSON
MR MESMO - KINNY GARDNER
THE MISSUS - CAROLINE PARKER
AERIELLA - ANNETTE WALKER
EDMUND - ANTHONY CAIRNS
THE BEARDED LADY - SALLY CLAY
WRITER - MIKE KENNY
SONGS - MARTYN JACQUES
DIRECTOR - GORDON DOUGALL
MUSICAL DIRECTOR & ADDITIONAL COMPOSITION - SALLY CLAY
SET DESIGNER - CHRIS DE WILDE
COSTUME DESIGNER - KEVIN POLLARD
LIGHTING DESIGN - RICHARD OWEN
What They Said...
"The real joy of Edmund the Learned Pig is that it's a show unbound by conventional expectations. The creative team have got the measure of making a show for children and here, imagination and possibility are king. There's a relish and a faith in the acceptance of young minds; where adults in the audience were raising eyebrows (cross-species romantic sparks, otherworldly falsetto and a trippy vision of pig heaven), children were agog, laughing and clapping then breathless and on the edge of their seats."
"the show's vaudevillian setting is enhanced by a deliciously decadent, accordion-heavy score from Martyn Jacques, founder of the alternative cabaret troupe the Tiger Lillies, which seems to have been devised as a means of introducing eight-year-olds to the thrill of Weimar-era floorshows".
Guardian 4 stars****
“Bonaparte’s circus is failing. The aerialist is afraid of heights and the mind-reader is losing his memory. Failing, that is, until the arrival of Edmund, a puppet pig who can talk, sing, read and dance. The design is all dusty, faded glamour which, combined with aerial silk work and music by the Tiger Lillies’ Martyn Jacques, really puts the spectacular into this super, sometimes very silly, show. References to Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ are dropped in amongst the bacon jokes, as Edmund is seen as either saviour or dinner. The play also beautifully integrates British Sign Language, the bilingual actors translating when other characters are talking. ‘Edmund the Learned Pig’ is a gloriously dark, humane, weird little show.”
Three Weeks 5 Stars *****
“Full of entertaining turns, songs, acts and mysteries to solve, this show packs a lot into a relatively short time. The centre of the show is Edmund, who moves from humble ingenue to big-headed star, innocent creature to aficionado of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. A series of placards regularly changed at the side of the stage provides the story chapters – and if there isn’t an illustrated book for children to accompany this show, there should be to help the audience remember everything that has happened…. There are some wonderful turns and sequences. Kinny Gardner delivers some hauntingly beautiful songs in a high-pitched contralto. Annette Walker as the silent Ariella is beautifully engaging, and provides the perfect wrap up to this powerfully engaging piece of theatre for all ages and abilities.”
“A stylish, warm-hearted show for all the family, told with real bravado. This is the core of Edmund the Learned Pig, a delightfully vaudevillian floorshow for the older children among us. Featuring an atmospheric accordion-heavy score by Martyn Jacques – founder of alternative cabaret troupe the Tiger Lillies – and a no-nonsense script by experienced children’s writer Mike Kenny, the show successfully evokes the feel of this shabby troupe of 19th century travelling players. More, it offers a sufficiently understandable morality tale which touches not just on the corrupting allure of success (especially in show business) but also the need for each of us to be genuinely comfortable in our own skins. There is, for example, real poignancy at the point when Edmund, while recognising that he’s always been different, momentarily insists that he doesn’t want to be different… A stylish, warm-hearted show for all the family, told with real bravado.”
Broadway baby 4 Stars ****
“This 70 minute show is imaginative, impactful, has a clear emotional arc, is an interesting story, has fascinating characters, is spontaneously funny, is well performed, is inventive, hilarious with some thoughtful darker moments, is very entertaining, offers a sensitive message, will appeal to children and adults – and flies by!”
Fringe Review ‘Outstanding Show’
Edmund's Accessible Theatre Resource
With additional support from Unlimited Impact We got together with Edmund to ponder the making of his show and explore how we made the show accessible. Here's the film we created: