See article in its original context here by K. E. Weber for Theatre People.
Susie Dee And Her Long Pigs
“The work is a play, not so much in the traditional sense of the work, more in the lexical sense. The performers are clowns, actors and co-creators. ” Susie Dee, Director.
Fascinatingly, The Long Pigs takes its title from the Melanesian Pidgin phrase for “human flesh” – a provocative image indeed and one that Susie Dee and her three actors utilize well to reveal the darker and oft unpleasant side of humanity. The form is stylized and, Dee explains, they use physical gags, lazzi and subtle slapstick to build an atmosphere of mirth and hilarity in order to commit acts of social barbarity.
“These reflections of societies’ contradictions, injustices and unspoken taboos are embedded in a foundation of black, comedic mud that is slowly eroded to reveal the audiences own reflected prejudices,” Dee says.
The three performers are Nicci Wilks, Clare Bartholomew and Derrick Ives and, as a collective, are the key to Dee’s decision for working on the project. Dee is also excited by the combination of forms the work explores.
“We play with narrative, circus, clown, bouffon and theatre. I spent time in the cabaret/comedy/circus world over 20 years ago but lately I have been working on ‘plays’ and ‘site specific ‘ theatre. Very happy to work on a non-verbal piece that is dark and very physical.”