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Published on January 10th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs in the West End

Following its short run at Manchester’s Lowry Theatre in 2012, Tom Baker’s macabre fairy tale The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is heading to London’s West End!

Produced by Kill The Beast, the play is expected to open in March at Jacksons Lane theatre, Baker’s play about the frankly horrible 13 year old boy Robert Caligari has been described by What’s On Stage as:

Inventive, clever and hilarious, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is a twisted triumph and an unmissable production from the very exciting Kill The Beast.

Meanwhile The Public Reviews was thrilled with what it described as:

Possibly the most well-delivered moment of black humour I have ever seen on stage.

So what’s it all about?

Thirteen-year-old Robert Caligari has a rather nasty habit of kicking pigs. But today Robert is going to get his comeuppance. Today is the day that Robert Caligari is going to die.

Shark mutilation, a potential apocalypse and a nasty incident involving weedkiller cornflakes all threaten to crash in this sinister farce; a deliciously gruesome tale set in the drab and dreary time when teenagers had nothing better to do than attempt to poison their sisters, plot the downfall of mankind and kick pigs.

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is adapted from Tom’s 1999 novel which is wonderfully decorated with line drawings by David Roberts.

Speaking about the adaptation, the Fourth Doctor actor noted:

I wondered how a small theatre company could stage my story – which has a cast of hundreds, and includes a motorway pile-up with coachloads of people. I also wondered how they would manage to make my tale of evil horror funny, as I intended it to be.

For more details, head to www.jacksonslane.org.uk/whats-on/event/2013/the-boy-who-kicked-pigs.

(Via EntertainmentWise)

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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+.



One Response to The Boy Who Kicked Pigs in the West End

  1. avatar francis cave says:

    Unless they have seriously extended the plot that is going to be one short play.

    I remember reading the book at it took less than five minute to finish!

    Makes the Hungry Caterpillar look like an epic!

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