Shooting from the hip

2012-07-20 11:56

A dark, new stage comedy about corruption, gangsters and police chiefs, titled Three Little Pigs, has been snapped up by international festivals following its debut at the National Arts Festival.

The play, created and performed by Cape Town’s Rob van Vuuren, Albert Pretorius and James Cairns, was packed out in Grahamstown – to the point of grown men at the door going down on their knees, begging to be moved higher up the waiting list.

To date, it has been booked for the New York International Fringe (the US), Fringe World Perth (Australia) and Amsterdam Fringe (Netherlands) festivals next year.

“I loved Three Little Pigs. It’s universal. Police corruption happens everywhere and audiences can relate. Plus it’s very cleverly done,” says New York’s Elena Holy.

“And we’re very interested in the director and co-creator, Tara Notcutt, a young female talent. We’re also taking her play Miskien.”

Notcutt was delighted when asked. “I had heard Amsterdam loved it, but the other two came as a surprise, a very pleasant one.”

The Cape Town collective met as students and have a company called The Pink Couch.

While comedian Van Vuuren may be the most famous draw card, Notcutt is increasingly being recognised internationally.

Their twisted fairy tale shoots wit and political allegory like bullets, and sees the cast assuming a myriad characters – each a different species of animal.

It probes a brutal murder of two police pigs, drawing in a strip club gangster wolf and top cops.

Notcutt said City Press’s series of breaking stories on suspended police intelligence chief Richard Mdluli partly shaped the play.

“City Press was important. Mdluli was happening while we were developing the script. We followed all the related court cases on social media and looked for a unique way of presenting it.”

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