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Published on March 4th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs – LIVE!

Back in 1999 Tom Baker – the greatest living Time Lord – wrote an amusing black fairytale, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs. It was well received critically and by fans, but little has been heard of it since…

…until now, as we’ve recently been told that Kill The Beast Theatre Company in conjunction with The Lowry are presenting The Boy Who Kicked Pigs by Tom Baker as a live show during June 2012!

Adapted by Kill The Beast Theatre Company and starring Natasha Hodgson, Oliver Jones and Zoe Roberts the production runs from Thursday, 21 June 2012 – Saturday, 23 June 2012, with a press performance on Thursday 21 June.

Fourth Doctor Tom Baker has granted exclusive rights to the newly-formed company who will mount the production at the Lowry Studio Theatre.

If you’re interested in seeing the show, MyLowry subscribers can order now while general tickets are on sale from Thursday, 1st March.

We are of course aware that not everyone is familiar with this wonderful book, about thirteen year old Robert Caligari, a boy with a rather nasty habit of kicking pigs who eventually gets his comeuppance.

Featuring talking piggy-banks, shark mutilation, a nasty incident involving ‘Weedkillercornflakes’ and possibly the apocalypse, this black comedy is set in a drab and dreary past; a time where
evil teenagers had nothing better to do than attempt to poison their sisters, cause the downfall of mankind and, of course,
kick the odd pig…

Directed by Clem Garritty, produced by Katherine Jewkes and adapted by Clem Garritty, Natasha Hodgson, Oliver Jones & Zoe Roberts, the production design of The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is by Nina Scott with lighting by Elliot Griggs.

You can find out more by visiting www.theartscollective.org.uk.

(With thanks to Paul)

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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