Three Little Pigs (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

The Three Little Pigs

credit: Jaco Marais

Study of South African police corruption

Orwellian is a word usually used to describe dystopian scenarios, but dark satire Three Little Pigs takes a tip from Animal Farm by using re-imaging the inhabitants of a police interrogation room as a selection of animals. Two brother pigs have been killed, and a goat and a chicken interrogate the one remaining brother. He weaves a complex story of corruption, with cats, rats and various other creatures offering their self-serving opinions as the narrative points towards the involvement of a criminal mastermind known as the Big Bad Wolf.

Part of the Assembly’s South African season, director Tara Notcutt has created this adult fairy tale with her three actors (Rob van Vuuren, James Cairns, Albert Pretorius), and the result is a spare but ultimately strong hour of theatre. The grotesque characters reflect the internecine goings-on in a country where, as one character says, ‘murder is a national part-time’. It’s tough going at times, and the animal metaphor gets a bit strained, but The Three Little Pigs is an absorbing hour of theatre.

Two-Assembly George Square, 0131 623 3030, until 26 Aug (not 12), 5.45pm, £14-£15 (£12-£13).

Three Little Pigs

  • 3 stars

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