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Our Season 2022

The Boy Who Talked To Dogs

Slingsby and State Theatre Company South Australia | Our Season 2022

The Boy Who Talked To Dogs

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Adapted for the stage by Amy Conroy

From the book by Martin McKenna published by Skyhorse Publishing

“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”.

The Boy Who Talked To Dogs is a mischievous and magical work for all ages from Adelaide's acclaimed Slingsby.

Based on the true story of Nimbin’s famous “Dogman”, who grew up in Garryowen, Limerick, this tough but tender tale is a celebration of the love of animals we share our homes and lives with, starring acclaimed Dublin actor Bryan Burroughs amidst a dazzling array of shadows, songs and stellar musicianship.


  • Director Andy Packer
  • Songwriter Lisa O’Neill
  • Composer Quincy Grant
  • Designer Wendy Todd
  • Lighting Design Chris Petridis
  • Costume Design Ailsa Paterson
  • With Bryan Burroughs, Victoria Falconer, Quincy Grant, and Emma Luker
  • Photography By Andy Rasheed - Eyefood

Slingsby and State Theatre Company South Australia, in association with Adelaide Festival.

Developed with the assistance of Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin 15, Ireland.

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.


Ticket prices

  • Full Price $64
  • Senior $58
  • Concession $58
  • Group (10 or more) $54
  • Student $58
  • Child $42


Geelong West Town Hall


153 Pakington St, Geelong West VIC 3218

Entry is at the rear of the Geelong West Town Hall building, via the shared access car park (accessible via Weller St or Albert St)


75 minutes, no interval


All e-tickets will be sent out 3 days prior to the performance.


Bar will open one hour prior to the performance


Contains themes of domestic violence, theatrical smoke effects and loud noises.
Recommended for ages 12+