WHOLE HOG: noun, informal
1. the furthest extent; everything
2. to do something completely or thoroughly
Whole Hog Theatre began several months after our founding members graduated from Warwick University in 2011. Despite a wealth of student experience in directing, designing and performing, none had had any luck in breaking into the professional theatrical world in their preferred fields. So the decision was made - if you can't beat them, join them.
"If you can't lick 'em, jine 'em."
Senator James E.Watson
Having always been fascinated by adaptation, our first full scale production together was Shelagh Stephenson's radio play Five Kinds of Silence at the Warwick Arts Centre Studio with Warwick University Drama Society (WUDS) in 2010. We were captivated by the possibility of adding visual storytelling to an aural art form, and the new interpretations and perspectives an alternative staging could provide. The show was selected to perform at the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) in 2011, and won the audience's vote for the Fest-Goer's Award (Best Production).
"There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before."
We strive to produce work that explores the outer limits of our and our audience's imaginations. We enjoy the challenge of staging the unstageable and the bold concepts, physical storytelling and explorations into puppetry which permeate our work are all about raising the expectations of the worlds which can be created onstage.
"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it,
bearing within him the image of a cathedral."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Our methods for developing our productions depend on the original texts we are dealing with, and on the team of theatre makers who are joining us for that particular project. We are an open company committed to finding and promoting new talent across all areas of production - everyone deserves a chance to prove what they're made of. We offer this opportunity to anyone with the talent and determination to make it happen.
"I always believe it is better to have
30 imaginations working on a project,
rather than one imagination telling
the other 29 what to do."
We are a company who are constantly excited and inspired by the books we read, the people we meet, the stories we hear and the theatre we experience. We promote artistic integrity, theatrical accessibility and freedom of imagination in all that we do. If you'd like to get involved, please don't hesitate to contact us - we'd love to hear from you.