Name: Tanya Agarwal and Tyler Rainford
Name of Edinburgh show: Pig Circus
Venue: Olive Studio, Greenside @ Infirmary Street
Performance time: 3:10
Show length: 50 mins
Ticket price: £10, £8 (conc.)
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
We are Hitchhiker Collective, an emerging theatre company that formed earlier this year. Tanya is producer, and Tyler is a director, writer, and deviser. We met at Durham University and have since decided, much to the dismay of our parents, to pursue theatre full time. Tanya is currently doing an MA in Creative Producing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and Tyler is doing an MA in Theatre Practice from Exeter University.
Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Pig Circus is a Brexit pisstake involving clowns, balloons, and a seductive Jacob Rees-Mogg. We were fed up with young people not being taken seriously about their political opinions, so we decided to make the silliest show possible about how we see our “illustrious” politicians. There is no deeper meaning to the show. You are simply there to have a good time and laugh at the clowns that are charting a new course for our country.
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
This show has been in development since Nov 2017, and was shortlisted for the Les Enfants Terribles Award in early Feb 2018. With Brexit dominating the headlines every other day, this show could not be more timely. Brexit is constantly in the news so we thought that we might as well make a mockery of what was going on. Of course, the fact that Brexit is constantly on the news also means that we have to keep updating and changing our show to match.
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Split your budget four ways – Travel, accommodation, food and drink, and (most importantly) shows! Shows will cost you a bomb if you don’t plan far enough in advance. If you’re only up for a short run you really need to plan your days carefully so you can see everything you want to. Try to see as broad a spectrum as possible. Also eat the occasional vegetable.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Tanya once won Best On Stage Mistake, and she was meant to be the Stage Manager and stay firmly unseen.
Tyler once spoiled a dramatic reveal in a show and covered for it really badly.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Honestly we look up to anyone and everyone that slogs to get their show up to Fringe. To everyone that doesn’t come from a privileged background and has had to work twice as hard to create theatre than others. We also admire people who recognise and use their privilege to help others.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Lots of warm up games.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
We love a cheeky bit of cabaret and drag so we’re excited to see Hot Brown Honey, Glammonster, and a whole host of other amazing acts. Also shoutout to our pals Trip Hazards, Orange Skies Theatre, Dans Macabre, and Burnt Lemon who are all bringing exciting and innovative shows to fringe this year.
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
There are a lot of very ‘serious’ shows on at the Edinburgh Fringe, all of which are concerned with extremely important topics. This is an extremely important topic, but it’s so unashamedly silly it’s the perfect 50 minutes of comic relief for anyone who likes a good clown and a cheesy song or two.