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Published on August 3rd, 2012 | by Scott Varnham

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs Heads to Edinburgh

Tom Baker has been a real gent and provided fans with his thoughts on the theatrical adaptation of his book, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, through a newsletter on his website (which also contains his thoughts on the recent passing of Mary Tamm).

He admits that he’s not actually gone to see the play himself (most likely didn’t have time, it was only on for about three days) but is relying on the thoughts of his wife, who popped down to the Lowry Studio Theatre in Manchester.

The wife (Sue Gerrard) seems to think that the play worked well in adapting the novel to the stage and keeping it funny. The play was written by the director (Clem Garrity) and is performed by a very small theatrical troupe called Kill The Beast. They split the many roles between four actors and a talking piggy bank, a device Baker describes thusly:

…the piggy bank talks to Robert Caligari [the protagonist]: an interesting device though not necessarily one I’d agree with, but I have not seen how it works on stage, so I can’t be sure.

Kill The Beast intends to take the show to next summer’s Edinburgh Fringe, so if it’s as good as Baker’s wife says then good luck to them, we say!

You can watch a clip of the show below:


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