Edmund the Learned Pig

Fittings Multimedia Arts, Krazy Kat Theatre and The Royal Exchange Theatre

Overview

Fittings is a disability-led company making popular theatre characterised by directness, emotion and immediacy; and working with materials, performers and artists that reflect the UK’s diverse cultures. Experimental in their approach and promoting a dramatic language that explores the ‘aesthetics of access’, the company fuses different storytelling and performance styles with visual / tactile arts and sign language to uncover hidden histories.

A co-production with Manchester’s prestigious Royal Exchange and the Krazy Kat Theatre Company - well-established creators of innovative, imaginative and accessible visual theatre for young people that combines mime, dance, song, Commedia dell’ Arte, puppetry and sign language - Edmund the Learned Pig is a deaf-friendly musical play telling the story of a brighter than average pig who runs away to join the circus. Inspired by an unpublished poem by American author Edward Gorey and featuring wonderfully macabre original songs by Martin Jacques of internationally acclaimed group The Tiger Lilies, Edmund is a highly accomplished and uplifting show exploring the diversity of families and what it means to be different.

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In the press

“The real joy of Edmund the Learned Pig is that it's a show unbound by conventional expectations” What’s On Stage

“The show's vaudevillian setting is enhanced by a deliciously decadent, accordion-heavy score, which seems to have been devised as a means of introducing young audiences to the thrill of Weimar-era floorshows” The Guardian

Production details

  • Writer

    Mike Kenny with music by Martyn Jacques
  • Director

    Gordon Dougall
  • Designer

    Chris de Wilde
  • Number of people on stage

    6 including musician
  • Number of people in touring company

    11 (6 performers, 2 disabled access support workers, 1 stage manager, 1 technical manager, 1 company manager)
  • Freight

    Freight

    The set/props and costumes can be transported in a space of 4m x 2m x 2m. 1000kg maximum though this is negotiable as some items may be able to be sourced locally.

  • Touring Availability

    2016–2018
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400),
    Middle-scale (capacity 400-850)
  • Minimum performance space

    7m (width) x 8m (depth) x 6m (height)
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Aerial/Trapeze, Interactivity, Live Music

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Main Hall, Summerhall
  • Production dates

    26 – 30 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1120 – 1230
  • Duration

    70 MINS (no interval)
  • Audience capacity

    150

Contact

  • Address

    The Bluecoat, School Lane
    Liverpool L1 3BX
  • Email

    adrian@fittings.org.uk
  • Contact for touring

    Adrian Turrell-Watts
    +44(0)7815 078219

Wraparound

Fittings Multimedia Arts provides workshops and residencies to young people and adults of all backgrounds and abilities, including those in formal education, day centres and organisations. The company cover practical performance skills and can devise workshops to meet the needs and desires of organisations.