Members say: Great acting, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Quirky

About the show

After an acclaimed run at London's Trafalgar Studios, the 20th anniversary production of Enda Walsh's breakthrough drama about two best friends whose lives take a dark turn, comes to New York with its original cast.

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Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Until, on their seventeenth birthday, they discover something more. As night falls, and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral violently out of control.

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The New York Times

"This portrait of two best friends on the crumbling cusp of adulthood is driven by a concentrated fuel of adrenaline and hormones, mixed with lethal quantities of alcohol. That, and a word-drunk poetry that zigzags between extreme, giddy feelings of power and powerlessness...A cast of two with the teeming energy of an angry mob...It’s the hyper-physical performances that define not only a completely detailed environment as Pig and Runt see it, but also the reality beyond it.” Full Review


"Darren and Sinéad are so intimately connected with one another that they communicate through their own mutually created dialect and shorthand slang...Their devotion to one another, to the point of excluding others, appears cute at first, but then reveals its unsettling details...But even with its brisk, energetic staging, there isn't quite enough substance to fill the play's 75 minutes. There's flashiness and style, for sure, but 'Disco Pigs' requires a bit more meat." Full Review

Time Out New York

“At many points, it is nearly unintelligible...Their thick Irish accents would be barrier enough to many American ears, but they also use a daunting personal language...There is much to admire about John Haidar’s revival, but despite the actors’ energetic performances, the experience of absorbing the play can be exhausting...Some audience members are bound to tune out early in confusion, and that reaction is understandable.” Full Review


“Haidar's revival is an admirable one. Moving at a hundred miles per hour from lights up, it features two actors almost supernaturally in sync...Their performances are thrilling...This work has lost its edginess as it has gotten older, and though Haidar, Campbell, and Lynch go for the jugular, the outcome doesn't feel as consequential as it did two decades ago...But an example of world dramatic literature that rarely gets produced in this country, it's important, worthwhile viewing.” Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“You simply have to ride the wave of words, hoping that they will coalesce into something comprehensible...I can't think of another play that so sternly insists on one's close attention while consistently frustrating it — and which, given the rather ordinary melodrama at its heart, offers so little in return...The two-person cast performs it with exemplary commitment and fluidity...I imagine that those who are familiar with ‘Disco Pigs’ will find many rewards here. They are welcome to them.” Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

“A script so dense that most of us will find it impenetrable...Luckily, there is an energetic rhythm and vividness to Walsh’s prose that two good actors can make more accessible with their bodies, turning the language visual and physical. Campbell and Lynch do just that...The actors do not come off as delinquents, and Campbell’s Pig just doesn’t seem dangerous. But they are both graceful and adorable, with fine comic timing, and for many, that might be enough.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“The dialog is nearly incomprehensible to the American ear. I find it patronizing and exclusionary...In fact, it tends to infuriate me...Despite the nearly incomprehensible language...I was able to grasp the gist of the work. I credit the stunning, committed, and physical performances by both Lynch and Campbell...Presenting a play to an audience that is not going to grasp most of what they’re hearing, is just a bad call...Most people didn’t like it because they couldn’t comprehend it.” Full Review

Broadway Blog

“Explosively well-performed but frequently incomprehensible…It's a gourmet piece…that I doubt will be to everyone's taste…Performed to a thrilling sound score…and with an equally kaleidoscopic lighting plan…the volatile piece also benefits from tour-de-force performances…'Disco Pigs' has interest as a genre piece expressing the infantile behavior of shiftless kids in 1990s Ireland. Regardless,…it's hard to get worked up over a play at least 50% of which would benefit from subtitles.” Full Review

The Huffington Post

"From time to time, there was an engaging development in the action, the last of which was a much-needed turn of events that at last raises the dramatic furor to what many may regard as the inevitable outcome of such frenzied behavior. The other impressive ingredient is the joint Campbell-Lynch acting...Walsh poured out his often-repetitive look at teenage raving and left it for whatever actors, directors sign on to make it work. With this committed group he’s gotten very lucky." Full Review

New York Daily News

“Campbell and Lynch make vivid impressions as the near-feral Pig and Runt...Walsh is at home with stories filled with shadows and tortured souls...Haidar’s staging moves at a fitting fast and furious clip. So much so your ears may ache as they try to adjust to the accents, unfamiliar references and Pig-and-Runt speak. That gets marginally easier over 75 minutes...The lives of Pig and Runt don’t.” Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"Directed with staccato precision by Haidar, these 'Disco Pigs' have a violence and sexual edge that sneaks up and sucker punches one's guts and morality...The writing is both bizarre and exciting, making one lean in hard while also wanted to back away from the discomfort felt...The production, designed simply and erotically...spins forward like an avalanche attacking a china shop...'Disco Pigs' will not be a night easily forgotten." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"A soul-ripping exploration of the psychological process of separation and individuation and the sometimes-painful experience of facing adulthood...There's a deep well as an exhilarating exploration of freedom found...Lynch finds the core of Runt's dilemma with a superior acuity...Campbell captures the chilling time when playfulness can become profound commitment. Their characters are authentic...their performances are astonishingly believable." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"Despite the nearly incomprehensible language I was struggling with as I watched the play, I was able to grasp the gist (alright, and some of the nuance) of the work. I credit the stunning, committed, and physical performances by both Lynch and Campbell...The roller coaster was skillfully piloted by Director John Haidar... Still, despite the redeeming qualities...I’m afraid that presenting a play to an audience that is not going to grasp most of what they’re hearing, is just a bad call." Full Review


“John Haidar's energized production turns this material into a tour de force for Campbell and Lynch who are continually moving about spewing volumes of words, almost choreographed by movement director Naomi Said. Deeply in character, they seem to be living their adventures which include humor, fantasy and violence. However, American audiences will have difficulty with the thick Cork accents and Irish slang, as well as Pig and Runt's private language which often resembles baby talk.” Full Review

Daily Beast

"Brilliant and electrifying...One of the best productions I have seen on or off-Broadway in recent months...In ‘Disco Pigs’, Evanna Lynch (Runt) and Colin Campbell (Pig) come into the world right in front of us, as screaming infants with thoughts and words immediately streaming from their mouths..The pair are funny, sweet, sometimes whimsical, and also not to be crossed...Everything—really, everything—is perfectly realized in this production.” Full Review


“A powerful coming-of-age play sensitively helmed by John Haidar...Patience and close listening will make the words a bit less daunting...Lynch and Campbell...convincingly inhabit the roles of two manic teens in an increasingly toxic relationship...Theatergoers most familiar with Walsh may find ‘Disco Pigs’ disconcertingly different. But it's also a fine opportunity to see the talented and now well-known playwright's envelope pushing fledgling work.” Full Review

Stage Buzz

"A powerful revival...Walsh's writing has never felt more alive...Campbell gives a powerhouse performance as Pig...Lynch is excellent as Runt...Haidar directs the show with sure and steady hand. Using the text as a guide, he allows the actors free reign to basically explode off the stage. While at the same time, making sure the images and feelings that result are completely understandable to the audience. Even if the dialogue may not always be." Full Review

The Wrap

“Campbell is like an Energizer bunny of kinetic energy, running and dancing about...Lynch, meanwhile, brings some of the mooniness she displayed playing Luna Lovegood on the big screen...Haidar keeps his stars in almost constant motion, often to the beat of mid-’90s pop tunes. The strategy is an effective one, bringing ‘Disco Pigs’ in at a fleet 75 minutes and helping disguise some of the shortcomings of Walsh’s early and promising script.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“A completely stunning piece of theater...Nonstop action, Lynch as Runt and Campbell as Pig deliver a symphonically kinetic, explosive performance guaranteed to stick to your ribs for a long time to come. Tour de force does not begin to cover their commitment to Enda Walsh’s piercing, neo-Joycean work...The dialogue is tough to understand...yet what the pair communicate in expression and action speaks volumes...Pitch perfect production.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“Furiously paced and filled with unintelligible gibberish...’Disco Pigs’ is a challenge for contemporary American audiences...It's a period piece, but what may have seemed cutting edge and radical in 1996 runs the risk of feeling dated and pretentious in 2018...Both Campbell and Lynch have commanding presences on stage and throw themselves into their roles with passion, energy and commitment...Without question, Campbell and Lynch are the reason to see this revival." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“'Disco Pigs' is very much rooted in a specific time and place. But its themes and sentiments are universal...A funny, highly affecting and tightly fashioned 20th anniversary production...Campbell and Lynch prove themselves impressively adept at handling the relatively difficult material...Skillful lighting design, directing well-tuned to the script, and the performances of Campbell and Lynch, this production of ‘Disco Pigs’ crafts a dizzying swirl of emotions.” Full Review

Irish Central

"What lifts Lynch and Campbell's production head and shoulders above every other production of 'Disco Pigs' that I've ever seen is the pure physical theatre that the pair have perfected. Their relationship, their codependency, the opportunity and threat that they represent to each other is captured in every single move they make on stage, allowing their body language to say even more than even the script does in this brilliant production." Full Review

Off Off Online

"Walsh’s play strips the term bare of its bright-lights, big-city ballroom connotations, throws a hefty dose of punk into the trunk, then turns off-road onto the aimless side of life. But it does so with deep, dark humor, wide-eyed invention and heaps of passion...Haidar’s production of the play takes several leaps of faith in transporting New York audiences to a time and place which may feel very foreign...The play moves with raging grace...Walsh’s script displays a master wordsmith at work." Full Review

Chelsea Now

"This production unspools at a breakneck pace that captures the urgency of one’s teen years, with a physical and emotional intensity that’s both exhausting and exhilarating to watch. Kudus to the athletic, kinetic, two-person cast, brimming with sexy/dangerous chemistry and equally compelling in the vulnerability they display during telling soliloquies that are as memorable as they are pivotal to the changing relationship." Full Review

Village Voice

"The production at Irish Rep—smart, sharp, and tight as a time bomb—is perhaps most interesting now for the way in which the play captures the trials and errors of a certain harrowing masculinity...Haidar smartly preserves the feeling of a world of Runt and Pig’s own making, giving the actors no props to play with, their movements tightly choreographed to their words...'Disco Pigs' isn’t social commentary. It’s a love story. It’s also a coming-of-age story, and a tragic one at that." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You can understand their accents.

Don't see it if You can’t... I couldn’t understand a word they were saying...

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you don't mind being a little confused for the sake of incredible performances

Don't see it if you have a difficulty understanding accents

Great acting, Great writing, Edgy and fast, Sharp, intense performances, Fresh and different

See it if You're open to amazingly intense energetic physical performances carrying plot& emotional coming of age story. Sense will come by letting go

Don't see it if You need to understand every word. The language is musical, a fast, dense, lyrical invented argot that's often felt more than understood.

Also Lynch and Campbell are amazing to watch in one of the fastest, most sy... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see 2 stellar, high-energy perfs of characters so close they live in a world of their own or if you like short, fast-paced plays

Don't see it if you think having to keep up with a fast-paced Irish slang vernacular might turn you off or if a minimal design 2-actor play isn't your thing

Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a very unique take on a coming of age Story. Brilliant staging and incredible acting.

Don't see it if You are easily confused by languages and accents. Cannot sit through shows with no intermission or a fast paced story.

Also A tour de force! The brilliance of this play is unappreciated by audie... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Touching

See it if you want to see Enda Walsh's 1st play-a gripping look at friendship and chaos in lives of Irish teens in a challenging production

Don't see it if you have trouble with Irish urban slang & vulgarities, simulated depictions of sex, loud disco music & teens behaving very badly

Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You are interested in all theater. Great acting and intimate theater. Also see if you are interested in theater that makes you think.

Don't see it if You are looking for a linear plot or you have difficulty hearing. Thick accents and sometimes words were slurred.

Also I admit I saw this because I wanted to see Evanna Lynch. I went with m... Read more Read less

Edgy, Intense, Entertaining, Frenetic

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre in the vein of New World Stage's A Clockwork Orange. Heavy Irish Accents!

Don't see it if you need straightforward theatre and do not like anything edgy and experimental. Or if you have difficulty with accents.

Also Disco Pigs is a show that may require some audience prep. Knowing the ... Read more Read less

Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see experimental play following two teens conversing with their own language and going through struggles of life.

Don't see it if you can get easily confused by heavy accents.

Also Colin Campbell was amazing in the role!

Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if you like experimental theatre and convoluted plots

Don't see it if you can't understand cockney or brogue (not sure which it was) or want to understand what you are watching

Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Energetic

See it if you want to see the great performances of the two actors (so energetic, they are literally bouncing around stage), you like plays set in 90s

Don't see it if you are hard of hearing or have trouble understanding thick accents and slang, you prefer plays that are more obvious in their structure

Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like a high-energy, physical 2 actor play; Enda Walsh's edgier plays; can appreciate dialogue even when you cannot understand it; moving

Don't see it if need to understand every word, don't want fight scenes even if with an invisible opponent; don't want to see the anger & confusion of youth

Also The two actors are amazing.... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy, Confusing

See it if you're up for an edgy 2-hander about low class Irish punks who thrive on violence and selfishness until they very slowly begin to grow up.

Don't see it if you're turned off by a sometimes indulgent play full of violence & abhorrent behavior. Also, the Irish accents are difficult to understand.

Edgy, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You want to see two extraordinary performances. Your a fan of Edna Walsh, see how she has progressed from this, her 1st play.

Don't see it if You’ve never seen Edna Walsh’s work before. This is, in my opinion, not a very good play except to see how far she’s progressed in her work.

Dizzying, Edgy, Intense, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you like a paradox of people/animals living there lives in the clubs in has good directing lighting and acting. you need to know

Don't see it if the story before you go in as it helps a lot. accents are thick need to pay attention to it, maybe see the show 2x's to be able to digest it

Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you want to see a really well-acted, if confusing, story which comes across strongly despite the difficult secret language

Don't see it if you don't want to not fully understand what's happening most of the time, and if you're put off by strong accents plus a quasi-language

Poignant, Dizzying, Sweet, Soulful, Irish

See it if You love Irish theatre, have a soft spot for adolescent love/coming of age stories.

Don't see it if You hate working to decipher difficult to understand accents.

Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if If you want to see two talented actors give their all in a play that is 🐷swinly lintangible.

Don't see it if You cant understand A thick Gallic accent.

Also This little piggy wished she went to the market instead of this play. ... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Cast was great - love their energy

Don't see it if Just didnt get it. Its so hard to understand the dialogue and i really just didnt see the artistry or relevance of the whole show

Dizzying, Great acting, Intense, Quirky, Frenetic

See it if you want something completely different and can appreciate wild performances in a minimalist set.

Don't see it if you don't want to veer away from the typical theater experience, where shows are structured and plots makes sense.

Also This was an interesting piece, not my usual cup of tea, but what bothe... Read more Read less

Too dark for me but hats off to the actors

See it if You can look for truth inside a dark story about alienated youth doing stupid & hateful & some touching things while searching for meaning -

Don't see it if You would be put off by thick accents & challenging, often impossible dialogue - The characters have their own slang - you will miss parts

Also The actors - Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell do an amazing job at a hi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like hard-to-understand, rapid fire dialogue. Clever opening.

Don't see it if your time is limited

Absorbing, Riveting, Excruciating

See it if You want an unusual theater experience. The frenzied performances were hard to take but impossible to stop watching..

Don't see it if You want a show that is easy to follow.

Dizzying, Edgy, Enchanting, Confusing, Dated

See it if an interesting two-person show with good performances for fans of enda walsh or evanna lynch

Don't see it if it's fine if you know what you're getting into. the accents and language are difficult to follow, and the set is minimal.

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intense

See it if are a fan of Evanna Lynch (from Harry Potter), like Enda Walsh's works; it's fast and furious, highly energetic

Don't see it if Have issues understanding accents or dialect--the Irish is poured on thick

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