“Matted charcoal hair. Blistered paws. Bright pink grief.”

About

The air is freezing. The night is dark. The bush is endless. And there’s no certain way home.

On the lands of alpine Victoria, on Gunaikurnai country, a story of familial bonds unfolds.

Faced with the looming foreclosure of her family’s property, a farmer’s daughter is on the hunt in the rugged Australian bush—on territory that by rights isn’t hers to travel through. From deep between the eucalypts, another woman—a mother dingo—searches desperately for her lost pups. She howls into the night, run ragged by hunger and grief.

Over the course of one long night, the Woman and Dingo forge an alliance to claw closer to the things they ache for… but it’s a dangerous deal to make.

Witness a total transformation of the SBW Stables stage as you tumble down the dingo’s den into a work of sheer Australian Gothic, brought to you by the collaborative collision of playwrights Andrea James (Sunshine Super Girl), AWGIE-winner Catherine Ryan and director Declan Greene (Wake in Fright).

Dogged is a bloody parable painted with electric movement, jaw-dropping design, and a story that stares you straight down the barrel—and trust us, it’s quite unlike anything you’ve seen before.

In association with Force Majeure

Want to go deeper? View the online program


Content Warning
Dogged contains re-enactments of gun & weapon use and general violence, descriptions of guns, weapons, sexual references and references to violence, warfare and racism. Heavy use of theatrical smoke, fog and haze, loud/dynamic sound and naked flames are used during the show. Dogged contains depictions of racial violence that may be disturbing to Indigenous audience members.

Cast & Creatives

Director Declan Greene
Associate Director Danielle Micich
Movement Director Kirk Page
Set Co-Designer and Costume Designer Renée Mulder
Set Co-Designer & Mural Artist Peter Waples-Crowe
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Sound & Composition Steve Toulmin
Stage Manager Ella Griffin
Assistant Stage Manager Nicola Stavar
Assistant Mural Artist Jessica Johnson
With 
Blazey Best, Sandy Greenwood, Anthony Yangoyan

Performance Times

Preview 30 April – 4 May
Opening Nights 5 & 6 May
Season
7 May – 5 June

Performance Times
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 1pm & 7pm

Meet the Artists
Tuesday 11 May

Captioned Performance
Tuesday 1 June

Run Time
80 minutes

Latecomers
Please note, there is a complete lock-out on all performances and latecomers won’t be admitted, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to us, grab a drink, and get settled.

Pricing

Tickets

Full $62
Senior, Preview, Groups 8+ $52
Concession $46
Under 35 $38
Monday Rush $20

 

2021 Subscription

5 Play 4 Play 3 Play
Full $255 Full $216 Full $168
Senior, Preview $205 Senior, Preview $172 Senior, Preview $138
Concession $190 Concession $160 Concession $126
Under 35 $170 Under 35 $140 Under 35 $108
5 Play 
Full $255
Senior, Preview $205
Concession $205
Under 35 $170
4 Play 
Full $216
Senior, Preview $172
Concession $160
Under 35 $140
3 Play
Full $168
Senior, Preview $138
Concession $126
Under 35 $108
2 Play
Full $116
Senior, Preview $96
Concession $88
Under 35 $70
2 Play 
Full $116
Senior, Preview $96
Concession $88
Under 35 $70

We’re now accepting Dine & Discover vouchers. Please see below how you can save money when booking in for upcoming performances.

Dine & Discover Vouchers

How to use your Dine & Discover voucher for Dogged:

To use your voucher for Andrea James and Catherine Ryan‘s show at Griffin, call or email our friendly box office team with the below information on hand:

  • Your 9-digit character code (which can be found just under the QR code of your voucher).
  • Your card details to pay the remainder of the ticket price.
  • The performance details for the show you’d like to book into.

Please note that only one voucher can be use per transaction.

Video

Meet the Playwrights | Andrea James & Catherine Ryan

Trailer

Blog Posts

5 Questions with Andrea James

05.01.21

Andrea James is Griffin’s brand new Associate Artist! Andrea is an accomplished playwright, director and dramaturg, and to celebrate her joining the Grif-family, we asked her five questions to get to know her a little better. Read on! Welcome to...

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Get to Know Gunaikurnai Country

29.04.21

Dogged by Andrea James & Catherine Ryan is Griffin’s second Main Season play for 2021. The play is set on Gunaikurnai Country, from the lake lands on the coast up to the Victorian Alps, which can sometimes feel like a...

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Supported By

Supported by Griffin’s Production Partner program:

Production Partners

Lisa Barker & Don Russell
Darin Cooper Foundation
Robert Dick & Erin Shiel
Lyndell & Daniel Droga
Danny Gilbert AM & Kathleen Gilbert
Rosemary Hannah & Lynette Preston
Bruce Meagher & Greg Waters
Richard McHugh & Kate Morgan
Julia Pincus & Ian Learmonth
Pip Rath & Wayne Lonergan

Dogged was originally commissioned by Malthouse Theatre. It has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. It received further support from Playwriting Australia, Regional Arts Victoria, and Castlemaine State Festival.

Dogged is supported by Griffin’s Production Partner program.

 

Special Thanks

We pay our respects to the Gunaikurnai on whose land this play is set. Andrea James & Catherine Ryan would like to thank cultural consultants Ron Murray, Tim Paton and Glenys Watts. Thanks to dramaturg Peter Matheson and Playwriting Australia for their crucial roles in the play’s development. And to Arnum Endean, Daydd Kelly, Xanthe Ryan, Erik-dog and Lucy-dog. And all the other dingoes, dogs and people who shared their selves and stories, especially Wandi. 

Thank you to Dogged‘s cultural consultants:
Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison
Tim Paton
Aunty Glenys Watts

Griffin would like to thank the contributions, time and expertise offered by:  

Bangarra Dance Theatre
David Jackson (Legs on the Wall) 

Force Majeure 
Angeline Penrith 
Sydney Theatre Company
University of Sydney, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies  

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