On Saturday, 13th September, a group of Year 14 English Literature students accompanied by Mrs McKenna, Ms Jennings and Mrs Turley went to see a production of ‘Frank Pig Says Hello’ at The Brian Friel Theatre in Queen’s.
The play is the stage adaptation of Patrick Mc Cabe’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel, The Butcher Boy which the students cover later this year as part of their A2 course. A provocative and moving story of Francie Brady, a young boy in rural 1960’s Ireland who is driven to the limits of his mental health, what was remarkable was its two hander performance where only two actors played all 30 characters!
Our pupils were amazed at the technically accomplished production from Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre company,where the actors were able to utilise the sparse set and props in physically innovative ways. In terms of an introduction to The Butcher Boy, the actors brought to life Francie’s quirky and terrifying personality and we found ourselves both laughing and shuddering at his decline towards the play’s shocking ending.