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EDINBURGH 2016: BWW Q&A - The Hogwallops

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BWW speaks to Annabel Carbury of The Hogwallops ahead of their run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.

Tell us a bit about The Hogwallops.

The Hogwallops is a show about a family, and family relationships and the closeness and frustration that comes from that. It is fun, chaotic, absurd, quirky and spectacular. It's very much a show for all ages using high level circus skills and a theatrical context to communicate something very familiar to most people.

And it's inspired by Roald Dahl's The Twits? In what way?

It's such a good story so we took inspiration from the way he describes the quirky and twisted family relationships and his wonderful humour. Then we added further inspiration from Ettora Scola's Italian film Bruti, Sporchi e Cattivi (Ugly, Dirty and Bad) and finally layered it all with circus skills.

Why did you decide to bring The Hogwallops back to the Fringe?

The lovely people of our venue asked us if we wanted to come back after the success of last year and we wanted to because the fringe it is a fantastic festival! It also helps to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth.

Who do you recommend comes to see The Hogwallops?

The Hogwallops is for everybody from children to whatever age you are, we say from age 5 to 95 but we hope its appeal is wider than that! We love to make people laugh as well as having the 'wow' factor with our circus skills. Circus and laughter are codes of language that is available and appeals to pretty much everyone.

What is next for the show?

We are touring all over the UK. Then next year, starting in Malta we have a full European tour. After that we are hoping to take it to the USA. We've also just opened our new Circus Hub back in our adopted home in Norwich. There we run lots of courses in circus skills for people from absolute beginners to those looking to forge a career out of it. We also hope to perform the show there, which will be really exciting.

Timings and ticket information for The Hogwallops are available on the edfringe website.

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