1940s circus freaks, the baroque, carnivale, deadwood, dr who, elephant man, fake mermaids – half human half fish, the grotesque, the dark, those on the outskirts of normal, who don’t fit into any niche, who create their own community of misfits. hunchbacks, harliquins, moulin rouge, contortionists, micmacs…
A strip from Alan Moore's & Eddie Campbell's graphic novel, From Hell which shows a veiled Joseph Merrick at the London Hospital. If you are not familar with this reading, From Hell examines the late nineteenth century murderer, Jack the Ripper. The murders did take place during that same time when Merrick was in London.
Elephant Man -Born in 1862, Joseph Merrick developed a physical disorder that caused his limbs to grow extremely large when he was five years old. He joined a side-show attraction in 1884 where he was treated well and earnt a large sum of money. A visiting doctor saw him there and made arrangements for him to live a better life. It now believed that Joseph Merrick actually suffered from Proteus Syndrome and not elephantiasis. Merrick died at the age of 27 from suffocation while he slept
David Bowie - The Elephant Man - It is a 1977 play by Bernard Pomerance. The production's Broadway debut in 1979 was produced by Richmond Crinkley and Nelle Nugent, and directed by Jack Hofsiss. Prior to its Broadway production, the play was introduced at the Hampstead Theatre in London, later playing at the Royal National Theatre in London. It had an Off-Broadway production at the Theatre at Saint Peter's Church. The play was notable for the fact that no prosthetic makeup was used.