Pig Girl

By Colleen Murphy
Winter, 2016, at the Centaur Theatre

Photo credit: Tristan Brand


Winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama

Montreal English Theatre Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance Actress – Reneltta Arluk

Serious, riveting and deeply involving.
— Reviews Gate
Micheline Chevrier’s direction is a stylish and considered solution to the problem of depicting violence – especially such recent real-life violence – on the stage without exploiting it
— The Montreal Gazette
A potent, provocative play.
— The Public Reviews

About Pig Girl

“For eighty-five minutes a Killer holds a Dying Woman captive in a secluded barn. Their names say it; there is no escaping the horrific conclusion. In the empty space to either side are the Dying Woman’s Sister and a Police Officer. Their action spans nine years as the sister beats her head against a police force agonizingly slow to investigate the disappearance of marginalized sex workers. The play gives a fictional victim’s story back to her as the Dying Woman fights to refuse the inevitable. It will not help her, but her heroic defiance gives voice to women whose lives or spirits have been lost to violence.” Playwright Colleen Murphy


Colleen Murphy has once again tackled a difficult subject with bravery, humour and compassion. Pig Girl is, in one way, a tragedy, since we know she will die at his hands. But this does not mean it is without hope. The Dying Woman is not yet another victim: she has a strong voice. And she fights back, her act of defiance reminding us of her humanity, of her existence. She speaks for those who cannot or will not be heard. Alongside is the story of her sister who desperately, yet relentlessly searches for her over the course of nine years. She is there to remind us that the fight is never over, that no matter the barriers, we must remember and act.

Cast: Renelta Arluk, Marcelo Arroyo, Graham Cuthbertson, Julie Tamiko-Manning

Creative Team: Jesse Ash (Sound), Jimmy Blais (Assistant Director), Micheline Chevrier (Director), Andrea Lundy (Lighting), Elaine Normandeau (Stage Manager), Joy Ross-Jones (Apprentice Stage Manager), Diana Uribe (Set and Costumes)