Frank Pig Says Hello

Presented by Cork Gaiety School Of Acting Senior Youth Theatre Company in association with the Granary Theatre. 

written by Patrick McCabe

directed by Tony McCleane-Fay

Based on his novel The Butcher Boy, Patrick McCabe’s play is set in small town rural Ireland and tells the story of young Francie Brady – referred to in most of the play as Piglet – a troubled boy struggling to come to terms with himself, his family and ultimately, his entire surroundings. Burdened by the intrinsic fragility of his own mind, Piglet’s childhood is also encumbered by an embittered, alcoholic father, and a manically depressed mother.

So with his father in and out of the pub, and his mother in and out for treatment, Piglet is forced to look elsewhere for human nourishment. He gets the sustained sustenance he needs in the shape of peer Joe Purcell, and the two become firm friends. But it’s a camaraderie that is fatally unbalanced, with Piglet’s dependence on Joe having an increasingly sinister effect. That dependence intensifies after the suicide of Piglet’s mother, and when local sissy Philip Nugent and in particular, his mother Mrs. Nugent, disturb the equilibrium of Francie and Joe’s friendship, the play becomes very disturbing.

A black comedy, Frank Pig says Hello has a cast of over thirty characters played by twelve young actors in a rapid, eloquent and ultimately heart-warming piece of pure theatre. We are delighted to also feature professional actor, Martin Lucey in the role of Older Frank.


Martin Lucey as Frank
Aaron O’Neill as Piglet


Alex Lobo
Alice Moloney
Brendan Boyle
Caoimhe Ring
Daire Conway
Eshana Krautz
Fionn McDonnell
Holly McCarthy
Rachel Feeney
Rosie Shanahan
Simon Marron

as everyone else!

Presented in double-bill with ‘What A Difference A Day Makes’.

Tickets: €15/10

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