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Monday, October 1, 2012


Review of the production at the 2012 Witness Hilton Art Festival by Keith Millar

Once upon a time there were three little pigs, who left their mommy and daddy and went off to see the big wide world. There was also a big bad wolf.  He had managed to do away with two of the little pigs and was hot on the trail of the third … and that is about where the similarity to the fairy tale ends.

This Three Little Pigs is a madcap, satirical drama about bribery, corruption and murder. The three pigs are brothers who work for the Pig Force (Police Force). They have been investigating the Big Bad Wolf who is an underworld boss.

Two of the brothers are found dead in their homes on the same night, and there have been death threats against the third little pig. The prime suspect is the big bad wolf. An extensive investigation is launched by the police which leads to many twists and turns and a surprise ending.

At times very funny and at times dark, and even frightening, this thriller highlights corruption and power mongering in politics and police structures. Other than the obvious links to the nursery rhyme the story is also strongly influenced by the plethora of police investigation programmes we see on TV.

The play is a collaboration between accomplished director Tara Notcutt, and multi-talented actors James Cairns, Albert Pretorius and Rob Van Vuuren. All three are brilliant as the various zany characters they play in the production, with Van Vuuren been particularly noteworthy for his comic interpretations of the many animals who inhabit the strange world of The Three Little Pigs.

The Three Little Pigs will be travelling to various overseas festivals during 2013. When it comes back make sure you get to see it. It is entertainment out of the top drawer. – Keith Millar