In a world where “Pig (Bryan Demore) and Runt (Claire Burns) are king and queen” you should stay far, far away, because you just never know what can happen to you. One minute you could be at the disco, dancing with a pretty lady, and the next minute you could be thrown out onto the street with your head smashed to bits. That’s the thing about Pig and Runt. Since the day the two were born – practically simultaneously – they have been inseparable. They have no friends. They have no goals. They only have each other. Now things are changing; they are seventeen and forced to face the real world in a way they have never imagined before. While Runt fantasizes about having groups of girlfriends and meeting new people, Pig is even more reluctant to let her go now than ever – he has fallen in love.
Written by Enda Walsh and directed by Matthew Thomas Walker, Disco Pigs – a conglomeration of “theatrics and storytelling” – paints its audience a picture of life at the moment when you realize that, unfortunately, it is time to grow up. You want to sit on the couch, yell for your mother when your hungry and live with a blatant disregard for any current or future responsibilities. But adulthood is sneaking up on you –faster than you would like it to.
The beauty about this production is that it deliberately makes you uncomfortable. There is no set, just two chairs and two talented performers. And as you are sitting in the intimate space of Oz Studios, you are forced to come face-to-face with these complex characters and follow them on their unsettling journey.
Mime and movement are an integral aspect of this play and they coincide with the sound design by Bram Gielen, entrancing each spectator into the world of the play. Whether Pig and Runt are running quickly, dancing in slow motion, or riding in a taxi cab, you are right there with them – and you believe it.
Working in an unconventional space is a challenge and the lighting design, by Jareth Li, successfully sets the mood for the scenes, without it being too overwhelming, especially during Pig and Runt’s moments at the disco.
They’re misfits. They’re odd. They’re anti-social. Yet Pig and Runt will resonate with you on an unexplainable level. And as their relationship grows to become increasingly unhealthy, you’ll want to dislike them (or send them so a psychotherapist, at least), but realize that this is virtually impossible. The pair is honest and beautifully human.
A Lasting Dose Productions’ Disco Pigs is running at Oz Studies from November 21-24 (7pm and 9pm) and from November 28-December 1 (7pm and 9pm). For tickets e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.