Frank Pig Says Hello to Newbridge stage

Anniversary: Tour marks 25 years of Pat McCabe’s well-known Irish play

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Say hello to Frank Pig in the Watergate Theatre!

Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy in the award winning, Frank Pig Says Hello at the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Twenty-five years on, Pat McCabe's Frank Pig Says Hello returns this autumn to the Riverbank Arts Centre on October 11, in a new touring production that brilliantly captures the legendary original and brings one of the great classics of modern Irish theatre to a new generation of audiences.

The play 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. 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.

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. 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 show starts at 8pm and tickets at €16 / €14 can be booked at 045 448327 or www.riverbank.ie.