It’s A Dog’s Life For 9 SA Actors

Directed by Tony Moore, this SA premiere tells the story of nine unwanted dogs. The play shares their tales about how they got that way.



Mutts 1Local actors Jo Webb, Maxine Grubel, Maxine Harding, Kyla Booth, Shannon Gray, Kristin Telfer, Damien White, Jabez Retallick and Brian Godfrey are discovering their ‘animal instincts’ in Western Australian playwright Johnny Grim’s Mutts: The Dog’s Tale.

Directed by Tony Moore and produced by Moore Books SA/Holden Street Theatres, this South Australian premiere tells the story of nine unwanted dogs impounded at a local refuge. The play shares their tales about how they came to be there.

Newcomer Red, is a cattle dog who is afraid of cows; Socks, dug one (or was it two?) holes too many; Molly went for a walk alone in the park; Peppa’s tail was pulled, hard, but she only meant to nip the hand of the child that did it; Jude doesn’t like to talk about it; and Titan couldn’t find a home after his owner died. All of them look forward to being rescued, either by their owner or by a new family. Will Measles’ spots put off potential owners? Is Spock too dumb, Meg too pushy?

Both funny and moving the play will open your eyes to what may be going through a dog’s mind.

Director Moore says that some people have asked if the play is ‘just like Cats’. A huge emphatic “NO” is his reply. “Cats is a musical about dancing felines and we really know nothing more about the species after seeing the show than we did before. Mutts, on the other hand, is a play about dogs who neither sing nor dance, and hopefully gets audiences thinking about such issues as keeping puppies once they have grown up, and ‘designer’ dogs versus pure breeds”.

Moore Books SA and Holden Street Theatres are working with both Paws & Claws Adoptions Incorporated and SA Dog Rescue to help raise money for their adoption programs.

On June 26th 2015 at 8.00pm, Moore Books are hosting a special performance of Mutts. All tickets are $25 and proceeds for the evening will be donated to Paws and Claws Adoptions Incorporated.

Performances 24th – 27th June, 1st – 4th July 2015 at 8.00pm

$25.00 Full, $20.00 Concession and $18.00 group (6 or more)

The Studio, Holden Street Theatres, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh

Bookings: Holden Street Theatres Box Office 8223 1450

or visiting (Fees may apply)

or by phoning Tony Moore on 0400 579 530

Article written by Brian Godfrey

Disclaimer: Brian Godfrey is Arts Editor for Glam Adelaide

Read our review of the production

Read our interview with Mutts playwright, Johnny Grim


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