Colin Campbell (Dublin by Lamplight, Through a Glass Darkly) talks to us about taking on the infamous 'Pig' in the 20th anniversary production of Enda Walsh's iconic debut play.
Hello Colin! So tell us in your own words, what is the story of Disco Pigs and your character 'Pig'?
Disco Pigs is the story of two teenagers, Pig and Runt, whose friendship is so close, it's unhealthy. Born on the same day and raised next door to each other in Cork, they share every moment together. Today they turn seventeen and head off into the night to celebrate and things spiral out of control from there.
Its pretty difficult to discuss Pig without including Runt. He has built his whole identity around their relationship, completely rejecting reality and expresses himself with acts of theft and violence. So he is a bit of a hell-raiser, which can be quite funny and then terrifying in the blink of an eye. Ultimately his actions are fueled by fear of the idea of a world without Runt. That's how I feel today anyway.
How have been rehearsals going? With only two of you in the play, it must be quite intense?
I've been loving it so far, not that I would tell you otherwise! I suppose it has been intense in that you are always on your feet but the atmosphere in the room has been relaxed. We've been doing quite a bit of dancing to 90s pop music. There is a lot of humour to be found when you try to bust a move at half ten on a Monday morning, mainly at my expense.
Pig and Runt have a very interesting relationship, tell us more about it.
From the time of their birth, they've built this us-against-the world relationship. They are social outcasts who, instead of trying to fit in, have used that rejection to imagine a world in which they are King and Queen of Cork city or rather 'Pork' city. They've removed themselves from society and communicate only with one another, creating their own rules, rituals and language. Its pretty amazing if ultimately unsafe and unsustainable.
The language of the play is quite complex, how are you finding it?
It's a gift! Sure at first there was a bit of deciphering to be done but now that we are in the thick of it, I'm realising how special it is. They have come up with up this piggy language all by themselves so each phrase and the images they conjure up has its own history which is direct from them, providing another tool to help us develop the characters. There is a lot of pleasure in speaking it and, hearing it too. It might take the audience a moment or two to tune into our frequency but I think they'll miss it when the play is over. Hopefully people will leave the theatre and maybe even try to speak it on the streets. That would be a whole other level of crazy, especially with the London accent!
What’s your favourite scene in the play and why? No spoilers!
No spoilers? In that case, the ones where Runt/Evanna has a monologue. It usually means I have a longer lunch. More time for naps.
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