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24 September 2018 - 27 September 2018
PRESS RELEASE
Co-Motion Media presents
the 25th anniversary tour of
 
FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO
by
Pat McCabe
Directed by Joe O’Byrne
 
with Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy
Set Design by Robert Ballagh
Lighting Design by Conleth White
24th - 27th September 2018
 
 
Twenty-five years on, Pat McCabe's FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO returns this October to twenty theatres across Ireland, in a new touring production that brilliantly captures the legendary original.
 
Starting at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin, moving to a community venue in McCabe's hometown of Clones and then traversing the length and breadth of the country, the tour will bring one of the great classics of modern Irish theatre to a new generation of audiences.
 
FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO tells the desperately funny and tragic story of the life of Francie Brady growing up in a small Irish town in the 1960s and his descent towards a brutal act that shocks his community.  Described as “one of the saddest and funniest tales I have seen” The Irish Times; “a masterpiece” The Evening Herald  and “an extraordinary piece of theatre” The Sunday Independent, the original production coincided with McCabe's Booker-winning novel of the same story entitled “The Butcher Boy”.  The play distils Francie's infamous narrative into a riveting evening of pure, outstanding theatre.
 
Featuring a mesmerising performance by two actors, Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy, Frank Pig is regarded as the most vivid, hilarious and heartbreaking evocation ever seen on a stage of an Irish childhood gone wrong.  From the opening live trumpet notes over an image of a happy boy acting the piglet, to the breathtaking depiction of a dreadful murder, this is theatre at its most entertaining and gripping best. 
 
Pat McCabe and Joe O’Byrne collaborated on the original Frank Pig Says Hello production for the 1992 Dublin Theatre Festival where it won Best Production, before embarking on a world tour that began in Clones, Co. Monaghan and concluded in New York.  Since then the two have produced together Loco County Lonesome, The Dead School, and The Revenant.  Set design is by leading Irish artist Robert Ballagh.  The show was recently recreated for the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival winning high praise for exceptional young actor Darragh Byrne and the multi-talented actor, trumpet player and cartoonist John Ruddy, known for his Youtube video animations which have had millions of hits worldwide.
 
The full list of tour dates are on the attached page.  All information and booking details can be found on www.co-motionmedia.com (Remember, that's co-motion with a hyphen!). 
 
Dates: 24th – 27th September at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
 
Tickets from €16
 
Booking Information:
Gaiety Theatre Box Office South King Street, Dublin 2.  
0818 719388 10 am – 7 pm / Mon – Sat (subject to performance schedule)
24hr Gaiety Theatre Booking Tel: 08 18 719 388  
Group Sales +353 (1) 646 8687 groups@gaietytheatre.com 
Wheelchair & Box Bookings +353 (1) 679 5622   
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