Play shows the underbelly of a pig's life

By Alexandra Newlove

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Keyte Street Standup meets Burger King blues in Anthony Crum's solo show. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Keyte Street Standup meets Burger King blues in Anthony Crum's solo show. Photo / Michael Cunningham

"Welcome to Burger King, can I take your order? OINK."

It's the refrain drive-thru customers heard when the fast food chain employed Whangarei actor Anthony Crum, now channelling the frustration of the burger job into his latest offering Piggy - a solo show that explores the trials and tribulations of life as a little piggy in Whangarei.

"It's a story about growing up in Whangarei and that urge everyone gets to leave," Mr Crum explains.

From the Jack St superette to Charlie's Bakery, Mr Crum's Piggy Wig takes the audience door knocking down William Jones Dr, rolling in the mud and singing songs about the end of the world. It's the story of the three little pigs retold to the beat of school bells and bad smells in Whangarei.

"It's an exploration of my life. I have three brothers and I grew up in OT," Mr Crum said. "The Three Little Pigs is kind of about fear - the wolf is symbolic of something coming for you and it also ties in with my time as a Jehovah's Witness, going door-to-door."

Created with Whangarei theatre-makers Lutz Hamm, Micheal McCabe and Buster Fisher-Johnson, the show is a salute to the streets of Whangarei and all its little piggies, where pork chops are cooking and the wolves are on their way.

Piggy shows at 116A Bank St, 29 - 31 January, 7pm and 30 - 31 January matinee, 2pm.

- To book text 022 6827 505 or email bookings@companyofgiants.co.nz. Tickets $10-$12.

- Northern Advocate

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