by Tobias Manderson-Galvin
La Mama Courtyard
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
DOGMEAT is the abandoned baby of verbatim and documentary theatre, commercial news broadcast and dogme95 films. The truly true story of a small boy spending his days chained to a lamp post outside his parent’s one room slum and then the cameras come.
Please enjoy the truly true story of a small boy spending his days chained to a lamp post outside his parent’s one-room slum somewhere between Shanghai and Frankston.
It’s a show about the poverty. Bekoz you love the poverty. It fetishizes the poverty bekoz you love the fetish. We’ve made the poverty a commodity. If tickets are $1000 the show would be a luxury commodity. Like a Porsche or a diamond.
Will any funds made off the play go to charity to help the boy or others like him? They won’t but if you pretend they are then you feel good. Do you feel good if you pretend? See you feel bad about the poverty but you feel good about feeling bad about the poverty, and even more good about feeling. So it’s working already.
“4.5 Stars… A savage beauty… Dogmeat is as moving as it is horrifying.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN (2014)
“It’s darkly comic, ugly, cynical, anarchic, violent, sexually-charged and in-your-face. I had the thrilling and quintessentially theatrical experience of being on the edge of my seat, continually not knowing what was going to happen next.”
DAILY REVIEW (2014)
“Finely wrought, resonant text.”
THE AGE (2010)
“impressively novel… a kind of abstract stephen sewell…the performances from Banders, Furlani and Gallacher are especially confident and rank as festival highlights.”
BEST THEATRE + ARTS EDITORS AWARD
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