by Gillian Tunley
Reading Rep staged an intensely visceral performance of Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs which left the audience emotionally stunned. This high voltage two hander, directed by the acclaimed Cathal Cleary, features Runt and Pig (whose real names are the far more mundane Sinead and Darren) running amok in a dangerous fantasy world, fuelled by cheap alcohol, raucous disco beat and trashy TV.
Allied since birth when their mothers brought them into the world alongside each other in the Cork City maternity hospital, Runt and Pig have not just renamed themselves, but invented their own weird language as they inhabit their Bonny and Clyde anarchic existence. The relationship begins to disintegrate as they approach their seventeenth birthday, compounded by a frisson of sexual tension. The wistful Runt recognises that there is a world beyond and longs for sophistication beyond Pig’s proffered gift of three bags of scampi fries.
Amy Molloy, as the fragile and affecting Runt, and Ciaran Owens, as the swaggering yet deeply insecure Pig, give tour de force performances of thrilling intensity. We are left literally reeling from this extraordinary, gut wrenching theatre experience.
The Reading performances, 25 to 29 October, were the last in a tour that started in September in Belfast.