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Pigs on the Shelf

Enda Walsh: Disco Pigs, Trafalgar Studios, London (Director: John Haidar)

By Sascha Krieger

About twenty years ago, the theatre world was swept by a new energy infusion courtesy of a few „young and wild“ playwrights from both sides of the Irish sea. Authors such as Mark Ravenhill, David Harrower or Martin Crimp put a high-paced hyper-reality on stage that was part unpolished, raw, previously hidden life, the life of a youth not recognised, not noticed, discarded, and part rhythmic celebration, a vertigo of lust and longing and violence, a rush of adrenaline and every puberty-driving hormone imaginable. The Irish voice – and perhaps its most radical one, too – of this „generation“ was Cork playwright. Enda Walsh. Long before he was dabbling with musicals, he gave us Disco Pigs: a wild, unique trip into the state of emergency that is the teenage brain and body. In it, two 17-year-olds, inseparable since their births at exactly the same time, drift, dance and punch themselves through their shared birthday. They do so in what seems like a long feverish dream, a rhythmic song, a drug-induced trip that will change their symbiotic relationship forever. Part Cork accent, part private fantasy language, part fairy tale between beat-style poetry and rhythmic prose, part energy-rich chamber play, Disco Pigs was an unashamed ride through unfulfilled longing, the despair that leads to people seeking someone to hold on to, the darkness that awaits those living on the side of the moon sunlight will never reach.

Trafalgar Studios (Image: Sascha Krieger)

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The Man Who Stayed on Earth

London theatre trip (5): David Bowie and Enda Walsh: Lazarus, New York Theatre Workshop, New York City / King’s Cross Theatre, London (Director: Ivo van Hove)

By Sascha Krieger

The last few months of David Bowie’s life were among his busiest and most productive. Not only did he release a final, widely celebrated album, Blackstar, just two days before he died on January 10, 2016, four weeks prior, his first and only musical premiered in New York City. Lazarus is a sequel to his 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth (and the Walter Tevis novel it was based on). Its title character Thomas Jerome Newton, a humanoid alien, is still stuck on earth 40 years later, a shadow of his former productive self, who spends his days watching television, drinking gin and eating Twinkies at his stylish penthouse. A lost soul, misfit, outcast who dreams of returning but has given up hope. He is surrounded by three new characters: his assistant Elly who becomes obsessed with him in a desperate attempt to escape the boredom of her own life and the expectations she does not want to fulfill; a man named Valentine who is a restless drifter whose only release is murdering people; and a young girl who promises Newton to help him leave earth but who might exist just in his head. As we later find out, she, too, is looking for what all the others are seeking as well: peace of mind, rest.

Image: Sascha Krieger

Image: Sascha Krieger

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