HUFF (3 stars)

This article is from 2014


Kids' installation tells the story of The Three Little Pigs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Like any good childhood adventure, we begin by leaving behind all reminders of everyday life – handbags, rucksacks and shoes – setting off unburdened to explore this labyrinthine re-imagining of The Three Little Pigs.

We are directed from room to room, each of which is supposed to represent a part of the traditional fairytale. Never left in any room long enough to get bored, the customised household objects provide clues to the story of the builder pigs. Kitsch creepiness and humorous detail makes it feel like we are exploring a Wes Anderson set.

As lights are dimmed and fans whirl, a sense of suspense is built up, which is slightly hampered by a couple of rooms which do not seem to follow the narrative. This tension is not relieved by the rather sudden ending. As we rediscover our worldly goods waiting for us, I can’t help feeling it was over too soon due to parts of the story being missed out, rather than because I wished it had gone on for longer.

HUFF is to be enjoyed for its witty displays of pigs at their interior decorating best, but the actual narrative could be blown away by one good puff of air.

Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, until 24 Aug (not 18), £6.


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Inventive walkthrough retelling of The Three Little pigs from Shona Reppe and Andy Manley.