A circus trapeze artist, Cleopatra, takes an interest in Hans, a midget who works in the circus sideshow. Her interest however is in the money Hans will be inheriting and she is actually carrying on an affair with another circus performer, Hercules. Hans's fiancée does her best to convince him that he is being used but to no avail. At their wedding party, a drunken Cleopatra tells the sideshow freaks just what she thinks of them. Together, the freaks decide to make her one of their own.
A carnival barker displays a sideshow freak called the Feathered Hen and tells her story. Cleopatra, a trapeze artist with the carnival, is adored by a midget named Hans. Frieda, Hans' fiancée (also a midget), warns Hans that Cleopatra is only interested in him so that he will give her money. Cleopatra has an affair with Hercules, and when Frieda lets it slip that Hans is to come into an inheritance, Cleopatra and Hercules plan to get the money be having Cleopatra marry Hans. During the wedding reception, Cleopatra, although openly romantic with Hercules, is accepted by the freaks, but is revolted and mocks them. The freaks decide that they no longer need Hercules in their carnival and have a new career for Cleopatra all lined up, and make sure she doesn't "chicken" out.
Essential: a masterpiece of Progressive Rock music
“Freaks” is a song by British neo-progressive rock band Marillion. First released in 1985 on the B-side to the number five UK hit single “Lavender”, in November 1988 it was released in a live version on a double A-side single together with the band’s 1985 number two hit, “Kayleigh”. The single was intended to promote the forthcoming double-live album The Thieving Magpie, which documents the band’s history with singer Fish, who had left the band in October 1988; as such, this was Marillion’s last ever single to feature Fish on vocals and cover art by Mark Wilkinson, who would go on to collaborate with Fish.