Harry Potter's Evanna Lynch and newcomer Colin Campbell star in the 20th anniversary revival of Enda Walsh's hedonistic tale of youth.
Set in a desolate area in County Cork in 1997, the play follows the tightly bound pair as they celebrate their 17th birthdays. Nicknamed Pig and Runt, the duo speak in their own swine-inspired language and inhabit a wild, impenetrable, and raucous world.
Walsh, who won a Tony with his musical "Once", paints a world depicting a "soul-sapping council estate" for the liquor-swilling hedonists who spiral out of control before the audience's eyes. This revival is directed by John Haider and produced by Tara Finney Productions.
The play opened off-Broadway on January 9th at the Irish Repertory Theatre, and runs until February 18th.
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Read what the theatre critics had to say below:
"That’s because this portrait of two best friends on the crumbling cusp of adulthood, directed by John Haidar, is driven by a concentrated fuel of adrenaline and hormones, mixed with lethal quantities of alcohol. That, and a word-drunk poetry that zigzags between extreme, giddy feelings of power and powerlessness."
- New York Times (awarded NYT Critics Pick)
"The Irish setting and context immediately summons up the lyricism and streams of consciousness of James Joyce, and Walsh is a worthy modern-era compatriot of the Dubliners author."
"Colin Campbell and Evanna Lynch make vivid impressions as the near-feral Pig and Runt."
"John Haidar, who directed the revival in London, keeps his stars in almost constant motion, often to the beat of mid-’90s pop tunes. The strategy is an effective one, bringing “Disco Pigs” in at a fleet 75 minutes."
- The Wrap
"Despite the nearly incomprehensible language I was struggling with as I watched the play, I was able to grasp the gist (alright, and some of the nuance) of the work. I credit the stunning, committed, and physical performances by both Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell. The two of them were on stage for 75 minutes straight in both emotionally and physically demanding roles that took them, literally, from birth to age 17 in charged circumstances."