DOG PARK

by Sally Faraday

“Strangely I feel I can trust you now - maybe it's because I like your dog...”
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When the body of Raji, a private school boy on exchange from Sri Lanka, is found in the off-leash dog park in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne covered in dog bites, it all but destroys the veneer of respectability for the entitled cavoodle-wielding locals. The dogs might be organically fed and instagrammed to within an inch of their lives, but their humans aren’t afraid to brutally establish their pack order, casting aside the weak and frail.

Raji’s death exposes the real prejudices at play in this rarefied world as well as the poisoned chalice of privilege at the prestigious ‘Grammar’, where Raji was being groomed for greatness.

How well does this pack really know each other? And is the bond they share, just like the love of a dog for its owner, an illusion – a fantasy created to ward off the loneliness of today’s world?

“People will say anything when you have a dog. Everything and nothing. …But my dog’s a thug and hers is a sex maniac so we just stand together in the naughty corner watching.”

Dog Park is proudly supported by the Melbourne Fringe Festival through their Cash for Creatives program.

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Sally Faraday

Playwright
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Lyall Brooks

Director & Producer
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Lauren Bennett

CAST (ANIKA)
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Bert LaBonté

CAST (LANCE)
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Jane Clifton

CAST (SHANE)
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Mike McLeish

CAST (MICHAEL)
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Sharon Davis

CAST (TERRY)
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Eddie Orton

CAST (BRENDAN)

Development Reading

Date: 30 September – 17 October 2021
Venue: Melbourne Fringe Festival – Digital
Performances: On Demand

TICKETS HERE!

Synopsis

When the body of Raji, a private school boy on exchange from Sri Lanka, is found in the off-leash dog park in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne covered in dog bites, it all but destroys the veneer of respectability for the entitled cavoodle-wielding locals. The dogs might be organically fed and instagrammed to within an inch of their lives, but their humans aren’t afraid to brutally establish their pack order, casting aside the weak and frail.

Raji’s death exposes the real prejudices at play in this rarefied world as well as the poisoned chalice of privilege at the prestigious ‘Grammar’, where Raji was being groomed for greatness.

How well does this pack really know each other? And is the bond they share, just like the love of a dog for its owner, an illusion – a fantasy created to ward off the loneliness of today’s world?

“People will say anything when you have a dog. Everything and nothing. …But my dog’s a thug and hers is a sex maniac so we just stand together in the naughty corner watching.”

Dog Park is proudly supported by the Melbourne Fringe Festival through their Cash for Creatives program.

Cast & Creatives
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Sally Faraday

Playwright
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Lyall Brooks

Director & Producer
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Lauren Bennett

CAST (ANIKA)
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Bert LaBonté

CAST (LANCE)
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Jane Clifton

CAST (SHANE)
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Mike McLeish

CAST (MICHAEL)
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Sharon Davis

CAST (TERRY)
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Eddie Orton

CAST (BRENDAN)
History

Development Reading

Date: 30 September – 17 October 2021
Venue: Melbourne Fringe Festival – Digital
Performances: On Demand

TICKETS HERE!

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