DOI: 10.5040/9781784603823.00000002

Caryl Churchill's Pigs and Dogs is a short play for three actors exploring the attitudes that led Uganda to pass its Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, which allowed the death penalty (later amended to life imprisonment) for those found guilty of homosexual activity. The play was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 20 July 2016.

The play's action consists of dialogue (demarcated in the script only by a dash to signify a new speaker) presented as reported speech, frequently introduced with the line 'Somebody says'.

A note included in the script explains that the play should be performed by 'Three actors, any gender or race but not all the same. Each can play any character, regardless of the character’s race or gender.'

The play is substantially based on material from Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities by Stephen O. Murray and Will Roscoe.

The Royal Court premiere was directed by Dominic Cooke and performed by Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D. Clarke and Alex Hassell.

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Nick Hern Books

Caryl Churchill

ISBN: 9781848426092

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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