Edmund the Learned Pig at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Susie Stubbs
Manchester Weekender, Edmund the Learned Pig, Royal Exchange Theatre

A wondrous and darkly pleasant musical tale of a pig who taught himself to read – world premiere.

Bonaparte’s travelling circus show and marvellous menagerie was on its uppers. It had a zoo with just pigeons, an aerialist who wouldn’t leave the ground, a chipped plate-spinning act and a Mr. Memory who could hardly remember his own name. Not surprisingly, no one was coming. Then into their lives came Edmund the Learned Pig… This rip snorter of a tale is based on an unpublished poem by Edward Gorey. With music by Martyn Jaques (of cult British music trio, The Tiger Lillies), it fuses British Sign Language, puppetry, magic and music for everyone aged 8 and over. Royal Exchange Theatre, The Studio, St. Ann’s Square, M2 7DH, daily (times vary), all weekend (9-26 Oct), £12/£10 (under 13s £5).

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