The 20th-anniversary production at New York City’s Irish Repertory Theatre of Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs is electrifying and feral.
This revival of the 1996 play introduces us to two Cork teenagers who have a lifelong, but unhealthy, friendship that is slowly disintegrating as they approach seventeen. It is 20 years since theatergoers first met Pig (Colin Campbell) and Runt (Evanna Lynch), in this multi-award-winning play.
In Disco Pigs, Evanna Lynch (Runt) and Colin Campbell (Pig) were born at the same time, on the same day in the same hospital and have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own, often foul language, play by their own rules, and you are never sure what is truth or illusion. They are violent and uncaring of others until, they approach their 17th birthday Runt is starting to want more out of life as Pig wants even more from Runt. As night falls, and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral out of control until there is no going back.
Evanna Lynch, best known to U.S. audiences for playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films and Colin Campbell make their U.S. stage debuts and both are wonderful actors that exude the “it” factor. I look forward to seeing what else they sink their teeth into.
Director John Haidar’s staging is fast and furious, with lots of gymnastics. It takes awhile to adjust to the accents and get the gist of how Pig-and-Runt speak. The language is poetic if not laced with uncountable amounts of the word f*^k.