Thursday, 29 October 2015

Review: Pig Farm at the St James Theatre

Pig Farm
St James Theatre
Reviewed on Wednesday 28th October 2015

Pig Farm by Greg Kotis is a peculiar play set on an American farm. With pig prices falling, an inspection from the Federal Protection Agency looming and his marriage hitting the rocks, farmer Tom (Dan Fredenburgh) reaches breaking point. 

Whilst the final scene is horrifically hilarious, the majority of the piece is far too slow. There are some flashes of funny satirical humour, but Katharine Farmer's production lacks consistency. Fight director Malcolm Ranson has clearly had his work cut out; his choreography is effective but the constant battles become tedious. Kotis' writing credits also include Urinetown which had a strong sense of identity and style - this is exactly what Pig Farm is missing.

Erik Odom gives the stand out performance as Tim who has a fling with Tom's wife, Tina (Charlotte Parry). Odom is the funniest out of the four, he pitches the tone perfectly and never holds back. Pig Farm has some enjoyable scenes but I have absolutely no idea who I would recommend it to. The piece is rather dull until it reaches its brilliant finale which left me slightly traumatised. 

Pig Farm is quite possibly the most bizarre play I have seen all year.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Pig Farm runs at the St James Theatre until 21st November 2015.
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