The Big Filling: This Time It’s Pie-sonal

This article is from 2007.

Detective thriller where you call the shots

Theatrical influences come from many sources, but it’s not often you find a kids show parodying 1950s film noir. But, as Steve Pretty, co-writer of The Big Filling explains, it was the perfect choice. ‘We wanted to make a very silly show with a slightly dark atmosphere,’ says Pretty. ‘And film noir was a natural vehicle for building suspense and tension.’

When Johnny Pieman tries to compete with piecoon, Dale McFilling, the beautiful Davina Pastry tries to help, with dramatic consequences. Filled to its pastry brim with pie puns and a live jazz soundtrack, the show has three possible outcomes which you get to choose.

‘Kids won’t pick up the direct references,’ admits Pretty. ‘But I think the archetypes we’re using – the baddy, the slightly flawed hero, the glamorous movie star woman – are all quite easy touchstones for kids. And we wanted to make a show that kids enjoy, but that also had a deeper level for parents.’

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The Big Filling: This Time It's Pie-Sonal

  • 4 stars

Atmospheric detective thriller laden with groan-worth pie puns. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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