All The Pigs theatre company began in 2010 out of the minds of a group of drama students that had aspirations to change the world one show at a time. Over-time and after many successes, the team went their separate ways. 2016 saw the appointment of new Artistic Director Daniel Hallissey.
Writing has been a lifelong passion, so when the opportunity arose to take over as Artistic Director Daniel was excited to drive All The Pigs forward with a new vision and fresh direction. All The Pigs was reborn.
All The Pigs Ethos
Excellence and hard work have always been the driving force behind All The Pigs longevity. We set out to Create, Develop and Share. We strive to ensure our shows reflect our core value of creating a discussion that lasts outside the performance and our central belief that people have the power to change their fate.
Our approach to creating stories continues to evolve. Finding new styles and techniques to help build on our current process, collaborating with highly skilled creatives to make exceptional work, making our shows engaging and of the highest standard.
Theatre has become expensive, sometimes inconvenient to attend, and can feel targeted towards certain social classes. Figuring out what purpose theatre has in the twenty-first century is challenging and exciting. Why then when audiences have screen-based entertainment at their fingertips at home, would they come to the theatre? To figure this out we’ve learned that, yes, it is entertainment, but it’s also about the idea that theatre is to tell stories that talk about our time, give us some truth that deepens our understanding of who we are as human beings, shares in emotions and makes the audience ask questions. We connect with stories far better than we do facts. We connect far better surrounded by others than alone. We understand the importance of community and enjoying an experience with other people.
We believe theatre can play a role in creating a conversation, by holding up a mirror and seeing experiences of others, their choices, their mistakes, and understanding, we are able to make better choices, better thoughts, and better relationships. We seek to understand the rules and commonalities that govern our lives to create thought-provoking narratives, stories and characters. We aim to represent these patterns through carefully crafted language, music and movement to tell those stories in an imaginative way.
All our shows are original work. We pride ourselves on creating emotional connections, our themes feature social, mental, philosophical and political commentary, with dark and satirical comedy and farce, with elements of realism based on real experiences. We champion topics that can make people feel uncomfortable and outside their comfort zone, but still find the humor and pathos.
It's sometimes difficult to see where we can go wrong, from care, identity, relationships, politics, family, business and many more. But having the opportunity to look from the outside in, we can change the way we think, feel and behave.
We pride ourselves on exploring new techniques and processes. We look into how we explore, explain, create, develop and tell stories for our audience's experience and letting them leave feeling they are able to improve themselves having gained a sense of understanding and knowledge.
Our approach to story is through mathematical and geometrical techniques. We use a lot of diagrams, shapes and careful planning, long before we start writing any dialogue. Every detail of our work is intricately crafted, down to the finest detail. We continue to learn and understand the human condition, what makes us tick. What happens to our brain on music. How light affects our mood. How tension and suspense affect the body and mind. By having a greater knowledge of how we think, and feel we can create a higher standard of shows.
All The Pigs provide creative writing courses which champion our unique style of storytelling and delves deeper into our process of writing, as well as otherworldly techniques we have researched, so other aspiring writers and practitioners can learn these alternative practices, enhancing their storytelling impact. One thing we can promise is, we will never tell you to 'just start writing', everything we teach is functional, structured and champions our ethos that stems from our explorations in mathematics, geometry, and musicality of storytelling.
We are passionate about our craft, our writing aims to make the experience live on in conversations and discussions beyond the show. We have amalgamated 15 years of experiences from acting, writing, directing and business into our creative writing courses, our years of experience helps us highlight best practice, that we share throughout our courses.
We also provide a wealth of online free resources on our website. With an abundance of books, video essays, podcasts, websites, workshops, and courses all trying to grab your attention telling you which approach is best, it can be frustrating. How can you figure out what's useful and what isn't? All The Pigs decided to make your life easier. Our team has gathered a large source of helpful material that has improved us as writers over the years and added them to our website.