Everyone who contributes to In the Spotlight will have seen bills, not for plays, but for "curiosities". Occasionally a magic horse or dog, but more often, a human being regarded as exotic. Examples are people of extraordinary size, large and small, such as the Corsican Fairy, but also someone of different appearance, or from "darkest" Africa, such as the Hottentot Venus. The Elephant Man also springs to mind. One of the benefits of viewing these bills is, for me, that we get a window into another time and sensibility. I have just watched the recent film "Black Venus", which graphically shows what this woman, Sara "Saartjie" Baartman , went through as an actor pretending to be a "Hottentot" savage for the entertainment of society, high and low. It's a hard watch, but a real eye-opener.