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17 March 2014 •

Pigging Out

Working with our two little porkers has been hugely challenging and exciting! They joined us early in rehearsals to make sure they had plenty of time to get used to Steffan (our actor) and him them. They have come a long way from those early days and the big white box set has become like their second home. Their confidence has grown hugely and they now grunt about the stage sometimes causing a little mischief along the way! Obviously having any kind of live animal in the theatre presents lots of other challenges such as where to keep them and how to make sure they are always calm and happy. Our pigs travel in daily from their farm in Enfield and even have their own dressing room complete with a cosy straw bed! Just like any other actor they are given time to ‘warm up’ onstage before the half an hour call and have even been known to take part in the odd photo shoot. It has been a delight working with them (despite the extra cleaning up!) and I’m sure they will be in high demand for their next big role. I hear they may even be turning their trotters to a bit of film work!

By Gareth Newcombe (Stage Manager). 
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