The Long Pigs

Theatre (comedy, physical theatre)

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  • Assembly Roxy - Central
  • 19:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Australia
  • Group: WE3 and Cluster Arts
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Hearing not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Horror meets hilarity! Spine-tingling original theatre that is hilariously dark and frighteningly funny. Join this underground clown cult that audiences have been raving about. Set in a rickety abattoir-shack, the Pigs are working hard on their latest obsession, rid the world of every last red-nose clown. However, all is not well. They are one nose short! In a murky soup of distrust and suspicion, promises made are constantly broken and the gang ultimately turns on itself in a fatally funny and destructive climax. 'Strange and terrific indeed!' (Australian, newspaper).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Ramp access from ground level. If not using the ramp there is 2 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Chris Davis 82 days ago

this show is brilliant...I'll say no more, you are completely immersed in a unique terrifying and funny world, loved it.

Peter Martin 82 days ago

So this is the show , ( after seeing 27 this year) , that we simply can't stop talking about ! If you are reading this , you need to go and see it ! Its like nothing you have ever seen before , or i doubt you will ever see again . The set is breathtaking as is the whole show . Funny , a little bit scary, talented , ingenious and will leave you thinking about the show , long after its curtain has fallen . (The props reminded me of the old Mouse Trap game) . Don't hesitate ....its creative genius and heads and shoulder above anything else at the Fringe this year . Just go see it .

Tim and Fiona 82 days ago

This was a great start to our fringe. Picked it pretty much at random and so glad we did. Great set (and setting) for an absurdist mix of clowns, crucifixion and comedy. It had so much. If you want an hour of something totally different go see this.

Niall 83 days ago

My first "proper" clown show and I'm afraid it wasn't to my taste. You live and learn. I did love the facial expressions of the actors - although one of the clowns was a bit too much like Robbie Rotten for me. I'm afraid for me this show dragged and I was happy when I could escape. I had high hopes for this and felt really sorry for the cast as there was only about 25 paying customers in a hugh hall - however at least the people behind me seemed to love it based on their laughter. (Maybe they were clowning aficionados?). As some of the other reviewers mentioned the set, costumes and props were top notch. Just not for me (and probably not for other sad clowns too).

H moss 87 days ago

For venue and props , costumes and atmosphere this show wins hands down . Its worth seeing just for those . They were wonderful . Some interesting themes to digest , bits that some might call blasphemy, but if you can see past those bits , ( or use them to grow and learn from) , the play really is wonderful and well , well worth seeing . Deffo a fringe favourite for us . Very , very , very good

Cheryl Mcnabb 87 days ago

3 hours later and I am still processing my Long Pigs experience. We keep thinking about the symbolism and the absolutely hilarious moments that are sprinkled between the cringy bits. If theater is meant to entertain, provoke and promote critical thinking then this show has succeeded! Go see it!

Roy Tracy 91 days ago

What an incredible show. Us clowns have had to adjust to the shifting cultural perception that we're frightening and dangerous creatures, and The Long Pigs meet that challenge with kamikaze mastery. Such an inventive show, presented with accomplished choreographed chaos worthy of The Marx Brothers and The Brothers Quay. The plot - and there is one - is a high-concept mean-spirited epic of betrayal and needless butchery. This is my new favorite show. If you go for that combination of bible-black darkness and unsettling comedy, you must make a point of seeing it.

Eddie 91 days ago

Well that was totally insane. Three dark clowns with black clown noses, Leatherface aprons and un-clowny knives and cleavers, who seem once to have been traditional colourful circus clowns, got sick of it, and now have a violently-obtained collection of red noses from unfortunate regular clowns. But they are missing one of the dozen they seem to need, and suspiciously eye the audience for that elusive missing clown. They scan us with the clown detector. It could get nasty. It frequently does.

Meanwhile, they are still clowns and do everything clownily. If you've never seen two clowns crucifying a third, clown-style, posing in a clown pieta and then sardonically passing a collection plate around the audience, get yourself to Roxburgh Place one of these evenings. It was absolutely the most blasphemous thing I've ever seen. Glorious.

Lu 92 days ago

The Long Pigs is an absolute gem, very interestingly engineered scenography and excellent interpretation. The atmosphere so decadent and hunting leads to reflections sometimes through a cynical and bitter laughter. These modern and dystopian clowns are an absolute must see.

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Circus Talk (4/5 stars) 82 days ago

Three clowns with black noses dominate the stage, busily manufacturing misery. Their monochrome world is colored only by two things, the red noses of the previously happy clowns they have removed them from, and blood. It’s not a light-hearted romp these clowns turn out then, but rather a deep dive in to the dark heart of man—with a few u-turns in to the absurd and hilarious of course. And what a fascinating dive it is!

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 83 days ago

Coulrophobia is the name for a persistent and irrational fear of clowns. ...

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 85 days ago

If you’re in to comedic physical theatre and have an appreciation for clowning and stage craft, then this is a must see in Edinburgh.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

In a disgusting, grimy abattoir, the Long Pigs are going to work. Their mission is simple – to eliminate all red-nosed clowns, but this turns out to be less straightforward than it sounds. This is a delightfully creepy and irreverent slice of clowning and physical theatre, ably brought to life...

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

one of the most bewildering pieces of theatre I have ever had the good (bad?) fortune to see....

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 94 days ago

Redefines what is acceptable to carry out on-stage...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

Like a Terry Gilliam nightmare, these three black-nosed fools process the lopped noses off great circus performers in a trashed back-street facility, but they are one nose short from their list...So ensues a recasting of classic circus tropes: the old favourites recognisable but as depicted by Francis Bacon and against...

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The List (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

An absurd and enjoyable take on circus horror...

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To Do List (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

I’m not sure what, exactly, I was watching – but somehow, I know it was good!Three clowns – think Boggis, Bunce and Bean – are the stars of this weird and wonderful hour of physical comedy – though, ‘in character’, they play knife-wielding clown-killers morbidly counting up the red noses...

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