FRINGE PORN: [FIGS IN WIGS – OFTEN ONSTAGE]

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OFTEN ON STAGE

Figs in Wigs are a one of a kind, London based group of humans who live in a Morgue and make things that other people sometimes watch .

Recently I saw their newest work, “Often Onstage”, in the Pleasance Dome at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and jeejzush I was not disappointed.

The focus of the show is on the happenings and mish mash of when your not actually on stage yet but preparing, faffing and fucking up, with a particular political and personal focus on, “What are we doing with our lives? How long can we keep this up for? What is success and how can we achieve it?”.

In this show the Figs cheekily poke fun at attitudes and remarks often made towards people who manage to survive in life on the outskirts of the machine and are not entirely part of any normative system. “When will you get a proper Job?!”, “What do you actually do?!”, “I don’t get it”. Figs in Wigs are not a 9 to 5; they are artists, dancers, actresses and singers but sort of not all at the same time.

They are a kind of visual ecstasy, a candied tumble dryer of idealogical backwash who take banality and swaz it up into something that resembles a Zap lolly. Both tasty and murky, “Often Onstage”, never really gives you what you want but at the same time you want more and you’ll keep eating and never be full.

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It’s the cheap cocaine of performance art. Comparable to Michael Clarke, but somehow easier to digest and without the perfect technique, all adding to the magical uncomfortability of this wonderful show! And we haven’t even discussed their revolutionary gender destruction and contemporary queer values.

I can safely say I am a fully fledged Figs in Wigs addict and I got my fix but didn’t at this performance of “Often Onstage”. SO GO SEE IT!! It’s on at 4:10pm everyday for the rest of the run!

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Written and Recommended by Ted Rogers “Artpornblog”

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