Enda Walsh’s debut play Disco Pigs has taken over the stage in the intimate Studio Two at the Trafalgar Studios with life, love and lasers. Disco Pigs follows the close friendship between Pig and Runt, two teenagers who were born in the same hospital on the same day and have been inseparable ever since. Until their 17th birthday when they start to grow apart from each other.
Colin Campbell and Evanna Lynch star as Pig and Runt in this intense two hander. They have wonderful chemistry in their scenes together, but they shine just as bright as each other in scenes on their own too. The characters affection for each other is raw and real and, at times, incredibly hard hitting from the moment the characters are born to the events that drive them apart. Even though Evanna Lynch is best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, it’s truly exciting to see two fantastic performers at the beginning of their careers.
There isn’t much of a set or props except for a large curtain and a TV in the middle of the floor so both actors have to create props out of thin air. The space is quite dark but it made me feel like I was in a tiny basement in a club (or disco) with the characters and is enhanced with Elliot Grigg’s absolutely incredible, illuminating laser lighting and Naomi Said’s fantastic movement direction towards the end of the play.
Even though the play is written partly in a Cork dialect and partly in Pig and Runt’s own made up language, I found it fairly easy to follow for a north Londoner. Under John Haidar’s direction, this 20th anniversary production of Disco Pigs is a truly fantastic show about growing up and growing part.
Disco Pigs is running at the Trafalgar Studios 2 until the 19th August. For more information please visit http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/disco-pigs/trafalgar-studios/#overview_tab
Until next time,