Written by Steve Rodgers
Director Blazey Best
Set & Costume Designer Isabel Hudson
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Sound Designer Tegan Nicholls
Design Associate Hannah Yardley
Composition by iOTA
Performed by Sam Alhaje, Jason Chong, Kick McKinnon, Nate Sammut, Kate Skinner, Tom Stokes, Anthony Yangoyan
Stage Manager Emma Maloney
2022 poster images by Robert Catto
One Woman. Four Men. She could be with any one of them.
At 22, on a date on the Gold Coast.
At 31, moving into an apartment in Albert Park.
Or at 40, happily married with a nine-year-old son living in Campsie.
Four very different worlds share an identical space; our homes.
This astonishing new play boldly tackles the timely issue of violence against women. Kate Skinner is exceptional, taking the audience on a powerful journey through the lives of multiple women in both familiar and terrifying situations.
Featuring Kate Skinner (You’re Not Special, Anatomy of a Suicide) and directed by Blazey Best (Sensitive Guys, Well Behaved Women), King of Pigs reveals the nature of power, the way men abuse it, and the lives of the women who live through the lies.
King of Pigs was developed with Playwriting Australia at the National Play Festival and in the National Script Workshop. The production is supported by the NSW government through Create NSW, the Russell Mills Foundation, and the Australian Government through the RISE (Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand) fund, and the Australia Council for the Arts, it’s arts funding and advisory body.
Suitable for audiences 16+. Patrons are advised that this production contains material regarding sexual assault.
70 minutes (no interval)
Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney, September 2018 (27 performances)
2022 Performance Dates
24 – 26 February
Glen Street Theatre, Northern Beaches
Frankston Arts Centre
4 – 5 March
Theatre Royal Hobart
Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool
11 – 12 March
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
24 – 26 March
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
What people are saying
★★★★ – “A harrowing, thoughtful, intelligent play. All the actors give strong, authentic performances. Ella Scott-Lynch is a standout, giving fierce, vulnerable performance” Daily Telegraph
★★★★ – “Rodgers’ surprisingly sensitive script… centres women and doesn’t excuse or downplay the behaviour of these men. Scott-Lynch gives a harrowing, frayed performance as the women who is all women who date and marry men.” Time Out
★★★★ – Rodgers’ script is ingenious, sensitive and well served by first-time director Blazey Best. As well as drawing outstanding performances from the actors… Recommended without reservation. Stage Noise
“A Must-See. It was a brilliant experience that shed much-needed light on a very real, close-to-home issue.” Backyard Opera
- This is a work that is timely and will appeal to those who like drama that is relevant, is socially engaged and asks them to think.
- It will also appeal to drama lovers, who will be gripped by very strong performances.
- It is for audiences who like to be up-to-date with Australian playwrights and new Australian drama.
- The themes will resonate with both men and women, and it is important that it is marketed to both.
Good to Know
- Gripping, affecting, moving production about an important & sadly always topical issue.
- Outstanding central performance from Kate Skinner
- Potential for presenters to connect with local womens’ group.
- Both cast members & writer/director are highly committed to giving the work a future life through touring and will be available for press.
We would be very open to further conversations about potential community engagement activities and how we can engage with this topic in your community pre & or post-performance.
Q & A’s post show on issues raised by the performance will be valuable opportunities especially providing an occasion to invite representative from local women’s groups to speak / participate / attend.
The cast will also be available for free workshops and masterclasses throughout the tour.
2022 PRODUCTION IMAGES
Images by Robert Catto Photography