Director Cathal Cleary describes the plays of Enda Walsh as ‘about people using their imagination to make better versions of reality’.
In Disco Pigs, the play that Cleary directed to critical acclaim at the Young Vic Theatre four years ago, those people are Pig and Runt. Two 17-year-old best friends from Cork, their lifelong, but unhealthy, friendship implodes as they approach adulthood, with tragic consequences.
Cleary’s production, which visits The Spring on Friday November 20, highlights the imagination of Disco Pigs’ two distinctive characters.
‘They are creating a fictional world for themselves,’ says Cleary.
‘That’s what we tried to unleash within our production, these two teenagers stuck recreating this play over and over again.’
Ever since its London run in 2011, Cleary has been looking for ways to tour the show elsewhere, so he’s excited to return to it now with a new cast. He says that it’s a show with something for everyone due to Walsh’s writing.
‘Enda Walsh is one of the great contemporary writers in theatre,’ says Cleary, naming the playwright’s other projects such as the book for the stage adaptation of musical Once, a recent version of Roald Dahl’s The Twits for the Royal Court Theatre and the show he is making with David Bowie and Ivo van Hove.
‘I think his voice is similar to Samuel Beckett’s and he will be celebrated in the same kind of reverential way in 50 years’ time,’ Cleary continues.
‘I think the work of great writers is timeless and kind of placeless; they have universal themes. Disco Pigs is specifically set in Ireland, it’s specifically about 17-year-olds, but it has things that everyone can relate to.’
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