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Alphabetti Theatre presents the North East Premiere of
Disco Pigs

Written by Enda Walsh

Directed by Ali Pritchard

Tues 20th February – Sat 9th March 2024

Times:  7:30pm plus 1pm Saturday Matinees

Tickets:   Pay What You Feel (20th – 24th February)

£15 - £3  (27th February – 9th March)

Age Recommendation: 16+

Access performances: Captioned, Wednesday 28th,

Audio described, Wednesday 6th, Touch Tour Wednesday 6th,

Relaxed, all Saturday Matinees

Content Warning: This show contains themes which some audience members may find distressing. Please get in contact with the Box Office if you require further information. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.

A furious, funny and violent dash through a friendship that may be too close to survive.

Pig and Runt are soul mates. Born seconds apart in the same hospital they are inseparable with an almost supernatural understanding. As partners in crime, they also 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.


This award-winning play about two warped teenagers that confirmed Enda Walsh's place in the forefront of young Irish dramatists in 1996 and was later turned in a blockbuster film in 2001 with Cillian Murphy and Elaine Cassidy.

Enda Walsh's play Disco Pigs was first performed by Corcadorca Theatre Company at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, in September 1996, and subsequently at the 1996 Dublin Theatre Festival.  It received its UK premiere at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 1997, before transferring to the Bush Theatre, London, in September 1997, and then on international tour. ​

It won the Stewart Parker Prize for the best Irish debut play and the George Devine Award in 1997.

This is the first time this script has ever been professionally produced in the North East of England.

Listen to The Audio Flyer by cast member Amy McAllister

Headshot of Enda Walsh, a middle aged white man with slick back dark hair and dark, thick glasses.


Enda Walsh

Enda Walsh is a playwright and screenwriter who shot to fame when he won both the George Devine Award and the Stewart Parker Award in 1997 with his play Disco Pigs. He has won Fringe First Awards at the Edinburgh International Festival for his plays The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom and The Guardian named him “one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre.”

Candid of Ali Pritchard, a middle-aged white man with stubble and wearing a beanie and trench coat.


Ali Pritchard

Ali Pritchard is an award winning theatre maker, he founded Alphabetti Theatre in 2012 at the age of 22, making him one of the UK’s youngest artistic directors running a venue.   Ali was named as one of the Rising Stars of the UK theatre industry in The Stage 100, 2023. 

Headshot of Amy McAllister, a young, slim white woman with wavy auburn hair and a nose ring.

as Runt

Amy McAllister

Amy McAllister is an actor, writer, and poet from Ireland. She grew up in Tallaght, a working-class housing project on the outskirts of Dublin. On stage, Amy recently played the role of Kes in the critically acclaimed one-person show SCORCH by Stacey Gregg at Soho Theatre in London, the Project Arts Centre in Dublin, and on tour. Her film and television credits include Philomena (2013) and Call The Midwife (2012).

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as Pig

Ben Gettins

Ben is an actor from Sunderland. His credits include “Down The Lines” at The Customs House & “This Is Makina” at the same venue, He performed in “Sugar Baby” at Alphabetti, he’s also appeared in “Brain Training” as part as of Live Theatre’s elevator scratch night & also “Your Voice Your Future: North East” at the same venue. 

Praise for previous productions:

'Enda Walsh is one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre.'

The Guardian


'Funny and terrifying at the same time, Disco Pigs is superb.'

The Independent

'20 years on, Enda Walsh's play about two disaffected teenagers has lost none of its kinetic energy, nor the power to simultaneously shock and move… the dialogue has a hypnotic and poetic quality'

Time Out (on the 2017 revival)


'Offers timely insights into teenage alienation... impressive'

The Stage


'Poignantly funny, full of sound and movement, this electric two-hander is phenomenal’

Irish Sunday Times


'Does for Cork kids what Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting did for young Scots'

Daily Telegraph


'A small-scale modern classic'

Time Out

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