Pig mask photo: Tanja-Tiziana
PIG delves into aspects of life that are frequently venal, unpleasant, disturbing and downright tragic. Luc and Taylor meet online, Stevie and Joe get married in a Civil Partnership, and Pig and Knife are two rent boys exploring their death wish. A play that depicts violent sex and sexual violence, PIG is about punishment, redemption, ownership and sacrifice, self-harm and death-wish, role-play and fantasy, and the eroticism of violence and of HIV-Aids.
As a moving and unsentimental exploration of love and identity, it ventures into unexplored theatrical territory via its themes of love, obsession, dependency and addiction, and reappraises attitudes toward the straight mainstream in general and the advent of civil partnerships in particular. A fierce, brave piece which moves romantic ideal and addictive hell so close together as to be tragically imperceptible. This original and heartfelt play raises gay theatre out of its narrow world and asks the questions that everyone asks who has ever loved another.
As well as the original full production at Buddies In Bad Times (Toronto, 2013), Pig has had the following readings and workshops:
– RADA, produced by Lloyd Trott, directed by Michael Longhurst, 2009
– Oval House, hosted Ben Evans, directed by Hanna Berrigan, 2010
– Factory Theatre Company, London, directed by Federay Holmes, 2011
– Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, Chicago, directed by Derek Bertelsen, 2011
– The Vaults, London, directed by Sarah Meadows, 2017
Tim Luscombe talks about the play
Board member, academic, and general good-person-to-talk-to-about-theatre Paul Halferty sat down Tim Luscombe for a conversation about writing, sex, death, audience expectations, hook-ups, and pretty much everything else. Video interview, audio inteview and much more Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
This is a video made by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre who produced the play in 2013, and includes rehearsal shots and interviews with the cast etc