Freak Show is an original blast of irreverent theatre from Big Telly. Inspired by the true story of a 17th century Portrush giantess, Mary Murphy.
Mary married a dashing sea captain who ‘managed’ her freak show celebrity. After years of international acclaim, Mary died destitute and abandoned, her fame forgotten.
The script uses slices of Moyra Donaldson’s ‘Miracle Fruit’ poetry, with its fascination for 18th century enlightenment era and the ‘freakery of those living on the margins. A darkly comical roadshow of revenge, with maximum craic and heartbreak in spades. And an Irish jig. On stilts.
Multi-award winning theatre company Big Telly have carved out a reputation over the past thirsty years as bold, risk-taking theatre makers. Irreverent, mischievous with a darkly slapstick brand of tomfoolery, the Northern Irish, north coast based company maximises the visual potential of theatre using dance, music, circus, magic and film to create a unique sense of spectacle and pure entertainment.
The small, agile and endlessly imaginative team at Big Telly are expert in making small inside stories extraordinarily universal.