“This is a place I can be. This is a place I can be me”.
Young Marty is a triplet. One of three, only he is the odd one out, the runt of the litter. No one understands him, except his dogs. Locked in the coal shed at night, Martin finds solace from the iciness of a troubled home in 1970’s Ireland, by cuddling up to his German Shepherds, Major and Rex.
When he runs away at thirteen, Marty is adopted by a pack of six stray dogs. Together they survive on the road, ignoring “do not enter” signs, dodging trains, stealing milk bottles and meals from open kitchen windows, fizzing and whizzing with energy – outcasts on the outskirts. Emerging as pack leader, Marty discovers deeper ways to communicate with the dogs, learning tricks that lead him back to human company – and a new place where he “can be me”.
Based on the true story of Nimbin’s famous “Dogman”, who grew up in Garryowen, Limerick. Join us on stage for cabaret seating for this tough but tender tale, a celebration of the love of animals we share our homes and lives, starring acclaimed Dublin actor Bryan Burroughs amidst a dazzling array of shadows, songs and stellar musicianship. Live music from 5.30pm
DIRECTOR: Andy Packer
SONGWRITER: Lisa O’Neill
COMPOSER: Quincy Grant
DESIGNER: Wendy Todd
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Chris Petridis
COSTUME DESIGNER: Ailsa Paterson
STARRING: Bryan Burroughs, Victoria Falconer, Quincy Grant and Emma Luker
The Boy Who Talked to Dogs is suitable for ages 12+, Contains themes of domestic violence, theatrical smoke effects and loud noises
Image Andy Rasheed
For Schools both performances and workshops are available. Read about the performance here and about the workshop below.
Slingsby Theatre Techniques: Shadow & Miniaturisation
Over the past 14 years, Slingsby has developed a distinctive look and feel to its theatre making. From The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (2007) to The Boy Who Talked to Dogs (2021), each show has incorporated elements of shadow play, miniaturisation and sustained moments of image and sound. Through this hands-on workshop students will discover how these techniques can be used in storytelling to create their own short pieces of theatre.
Maximum 30 pax
Suitable for grades 7 to 12
Duration ranging from 50 to 100 minutes
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