Bakula's pigs


David Kldiashvili


Bakula’s pigs

 Director- Mikheil Tumanishvili

Script  Tsotne Nakashidze

Designer - Givi Tseradze

Music arranger- Giuli Darakhvelidze


Cast: Gia Abesalashvili,  Mzia Arabuli, Paata Baratashvili, Rusudan Bolkvadze,    Nineli Chankvetadze, Nino Chkheidze, Zurab Getsadze, Irina Giunashvili, Gvanca Gurgenishvili,  Ramaz Ioseliani, Darejan Jojua, Darejan Khachidze, Guga Kakhiani, Giorgi  Kipshidze, Zurab Kipshidze, Zaza Mikashavidze, Temur Natroshvili, Laura Rekhviashvili, Giorgi Roinishvili, Vano Tarkhnishvili

Running time: 80 min

/no interval/

Premiered: 17.11. 1978

About the Perfomance:

Galaktion Khosoliani is strongly worried byhis neighbor Bacula’s pigs that keep raiding his vegetable garden time after time again, badly damaging it and leaving nothing for the family to eat. Galaktion begs his neighbor not to let the pigs out but in vain. Suddenly Galaktion remembers his wife’s cousin who works at the Chancellery of the region. An idea comes to his mind. Sasha, his wife’s cousin, should invite the clerks from Chancellery to dinner especially arranged for them in Galaktion’s house. The poor man hopes his neighbor will get afraid of seeing what friends and supporters he has, so that won’t let his pigs out.

As Sasha brought the whole Chancellery with him, poor Galaktion laid a festive table, cooked delicious mean and hosted his honorable guests with a good wine. But after the guests drank it they behaved far worse than the animals. Poor Galaktion! Now his children have nothing to eat any longer, as their food was consumed by the diner.

Irritated and hungry Galaktion decides to revenge. He writes a letter informing authorities against the clerks listing all their sins. On returning home he again sees Bacula’s pigs in his garden. Everything is damaged and may be for many times again in future as well.

“What is there to be done? Is there any way out?” the author asks. “How can a human exist in such awful corrupted environment, facing unpunished raids of clerks?” This is the situation where everything is being sold, where no one has any confidence, where no one believes in honesty and justice. What poor Galaktion has to do: neighbor is not like a neighbor, brother is not like a brother, and son is a son. People are gradually turning into pigs. They make laugh of such concepts as honesty, respect, care of one another, they are no longer kind. All this makes people hopeless, they are at a loss, and they don’t know how to live. Some try to deceive another, now succeeding, than in vain. Some try to get out of this dark situation, in vain again. Over them there hovers a shadow of a two-headed eagle with a scepter in the claws.

Michael Tumanishvili


“This is a short story, almost an anecdote about an impoverished nobleman in the beginning of XX century Galaktion who tries and fails to bring to justice his neighbor, whose pigs ruin his vegetable garden and unfolding an exuberant performance. As against to over congested and packed out shows with various tricks and actions (existing only since skill and talent), there is found a singularly pure and precise inherently laconic concept of the performance despite of a seeming commotion, which rightly corresponds to the auter idea.

Besides witnessing seldom miracle of liberating the material out of a very concrete routine, we also observe a significant expansion of scenic fable from an anecdote into another form of the universal allegory of eviland into impossibility to agree and live with it. “

“Truth of the Legend”

Saulius Macaitis, Art Critic


“Bacula’s Pigs” is a well-choreographed, highly satirical comment on the social and political situation. It is also extremely funny and carried out with such immaculate timing, precise details and fine gesture that a whole slice of history leaps into life.” Cracking Tour de Porc, Adelaide Festival The talent of this company is outstanding. Not only have they convinced us of the reality of the offstage lives of these extraordinary characters but they also make it easy for us to believe in even the most bizarre sequences that unravel before us. This is tragicomedy at its best” Alison Farmer, Adelaide, Australia