Marking the 20th anniversary of its explosive British debut, Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs comes to the West End starring Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter; My Name is Emily) and Colin Campbell (Dublin by Lamplight; Through A Glass Darkly). The new production, directed by John Haidar, runs at Trafalgar Studios for a limited season form 12 July to 19 August 2017, with a press night on 18 July.
When Walsh’s breathtaking breakthrough play premiered, the Guardian commented that it “didn’t so much debut at the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe as erupt there”. It was awarded both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award.
Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Until, on their seventeenth birthday, they discover something more. As night falls, and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral violently out of control.
As we follow these two extraordinary teenagers through the streets of Cork City, drinking and dancing their way into the night, we witness with startling clarity how the nature of friendship can be changed forever. Endlessly playing with their own unique language, it’s impossible not to be swept along by their sense of youthful abandon. Desperate for a world beyond their mundane, everyday existence – amidst the bright lights of the Palace Disco – they draw us into their orbit, refusing to let us go.
Enda Walsh comments:
“It seems shocking that Disco Pigs is 20 years old – but I trust that Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell under the stewardship of John Haidar – will brilliantly send Pig and Runt crashing through their chaotic joint birthday.”
Walsh’s other accolades include the Caméra d’Or for his screenplay for Hunger and the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Once.
Disco Pigs is designed by Richard Kent, with lighting by Elliot Griggs, sound and music by Giles Thomas and movement by Naomi Said. It’s presented by Tara Finney Productions.