In a story filled with heart and hilarity, the Greedy Pig Theatre Company is bringing PEACOCK to The Riverfront in Newport this week.

We follow Seamus who thought he had everything worked out when he came out as bi. But when he starts experimenting with makeup and falling in love, he finds himself propelled into a messy journey of discovery about what it means to be a man who sometimes wants to be both masculine and pretty.

Often hilarious, always authentic, Peacock is a heart-warming, authentic look at the taboo surrounding men wearing makeup. It also features a fantastic soundtrack of pop anthems, which I’m sure we’ll all know and love.

Peacock at the Riverfront in Newport

Greedy Pig Theatre Company is based over the bridge in Bath and was founded in 2018 by Bath Spa University alumni, Lex Kaby and Doug Murdoch. The pair met through their shared passion for musical theatre, and it has since become apparent that they also share a creative drive for many other kinds of theatre. Holly joined the sty in 2021 after working with Greedy Pig as a freelance producer.

Greedy Pig make shows that highlight sociological issues surrounding gender and sexuality, and experiment with form and new-writing to make a positive impact through theatre. ‘Peacock’ is an uplifting, poignant play following a bisexual man navigating his relationship with makeup & masculinity.

Written by Doug and directed by Lex, ‘Peacock’ was created through a 4-week Arts Council funded script development R&D period in Summer 2022, inspired by Doug’s personal experiences with masculinity and self expression through makeup.

ALEX WOLLACOTT is Violet. Alex works professionally in theatre as an actor, director, facilitator, drag king and choreographer. She brings a unique energy and openness to devising processes and loves investigating the building blocks of theatre making.

Seamus is played by BEN ARMITAGE who studied Acting at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire graduating in 2021. Ben’s previous credits include Malcolm in ‘Macbeth’, Sir Henry Baskerville in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and Edward in ‘Skylight’ among others.

KOFI DENNIS is Tyrell. Kofi trained at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Theatre credits include: Grimm Tales for Fragile Minds and Broken People, Duchess of Malfi, Romeo and Juliet, Keeping Up with Kassandra (Creation Theatre – Digital); The Wiz (Hope Mill Theatre) and many othere.

Wiltshire based actor TOBY MITCHELL as Noah has previously trained with Bath Theatre Academy. In February of 2022, he played the role of Billy in ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?’ by Edward Albee with Bristol based theatre-company the Kelvin Players. ‘Peacock’ will be Toby’s professional stage debut.

PEACOCK gets to The Riverfront in Newport this Friday 10th February at 8pm. Tickets are £15.25 and you can get yours HERE. You can also see what Greedy Pig are up to, and meet the full team HERE.

Age rating: 14+ (strong language), contains homophobia and biphobia.

Trigger Warnings: Mention of suicide.