Third recommission award goes to Disco Pigs

house has named the recipient of its third recommission, which will enable an existing production to be remade and toured in 2015.

  • £25,000 is being awarded to Cathal Cleary to remount Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh, originally produced at the Young Vic in 2011 through the JMK Award.
  • Disco Pigs was chosen by a panel of five venue programmers.
  • The remounted production will tour across the South East in November 2015.

house, the touring and audience engagement initiative supported by Arts Council England to improve the range, quality and scale of contemporary theatre presented across South East England, is to award £25,000 to remake and tour the acclaimed production of Disco Pigs directed by Cathal Cleary that had such success in 2011.

Through an open call out, the house recommission offers theatre-makers the opportunity to remake and tour an existing theatre production that would suit touring on the small- to mid-scale for single night engagements. The £25,000 award comprises two strands of funding, with £10,000 to remount the piece and £15,000 to cover touring costs for up to 15 dates across the South East region. Shortlisting and interviewing for the recommission process was conducted by representatives from five venues from across the South East, consisting of The Spring in Havant, the North Wall in Oxford, Cambridge Junction, South Hill Park in Bracknell, and the Newbury Corn Exchange.

In 2011, Cathal Cleary won finance from the James Menzies-Kitchin (JMK) Young Director Award to direct Disco Pigs at the Young Vic, with design by Chloe Lamford, lighting by Anna Watson and sound by Tom Gibbons.  The production was a huge success and a sell-out. In 2015, Cathal has been appointed as the first Trainee Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse.

In the years since the original production, Cathal has had consistent interest in reviving the piece both in the UK and abroad, and the house recommission award offers an invaluable opportunity to bring the show to new audiences, particularly young audiences.

The JMK Trust exists to support and develop talented young and emerging theatre directors. It does this through the annual James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director Award (JMK Award), its regional programme and regional assistant director bursaries.

The production will tour to venues across South East and Eastern England in November 2015.


Notes to Editors:

house supports venues across South East and Eastern England by improving the range, quality and scale of theatre presented, and exists to build the audience for contemporary theatre throughout the region. house is developing the theatre ecology of the South East by hosting training and networking opportunities, brokering conversations between companies and venues, and developing the house website as a digital resource for the professional theatre sector.  House is supported by Arts Council England and delivered by Farnham Maltings.

Cathal Cleary
Cathal Clearly is the first Trainee Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse.

In 2013 he directed Arthur Miller’s The Last Yankee at The Print Room Theatre which received four Off West End award nominations, as well as having worked as an associate director.  He has also directed numerous productions as artistic director of Zelig Theatre in Galway, Ireland.

Pig and Runt are soul mates.  Partners in crime, they share an appetite for drunkenness, recklessness, adventure and destruction.  But on the eve of their 17th birthday it is an appetite for sex that threatens to tear them apart.

Disco Pigs was the breakthrough play by Enda Walsh, who has been hailed as one of the most electrifying writers of his generation.  The original 1997 production set the Edinburgh Festival alight and won both the George Devin Award and Stewart Parker Award, transferred to the Bush, and was later made into a film.

“it [Disco Pigs] retains its thrilling vigour and jabbering energy in this revival, directed by Cathal Cleary” – The Guardian 2011 * * * *