A Slingsby and State Theatre South Australia Production


“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 the international premiere of a mischievous and magical work for all ages made in partnership with 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.


creative team

Director Andy Packer
Songwriter Lisa O’Neill
Composer Quincy Grant
Designer Wendy Todd
Lighting Designer Chris Petridis
Costume Designer Ailsa PatersonThe Boy Who Talked to Dogs Adapted for the stage by Amy Conroy
From the book by Martin McKenna published by Skyhorse PublishingWITH
Bryan Burroughs
Victoria Falconer-Pritchard
Quincy Grant
Emma Luker


“Oh wow. Wow wow wow… we both feel so much better about life after seeing your show. The humour, intelligence, subtlety and charm of every single person just shone through, I was weeping at the end. “ Ed Ayres, ABC Radio (French Café 2019)



Single Tickets
Adult $54
Concession $48
Under 25 $25

Adult $43
Concession $39
Under 25 $20

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).

Please note there is $5.50 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) for all ticket purchases.



Contains themes of domestic violence
Recommended for ages 12+
Duration 70 minutes (no interval)



Our licensed bar will be open for the from 5:30pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.

The Secret Chef Diner will open at 5:30pm before the show. Specialising in local, fresh produce, Secret Chef create completely new menus for each season show taking influences from modern Australian, Asian, Mediterranean, European, USW and South American cuisine.

Pre-order your dinner when purchasing your tickets, or if you have your tickets already add dinner to your booking here.

Please note dinner meals will be served before the show and not in theatre during the performance.


Image by Andy Rasheed