The Boy Who Talked to Dogs

An adaptation of Martin McKenna’s memoir
Adelaide Festival
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ABR Arts 01 March 2021

The Boy Who Talked to Dogs

An adaptation of Martin McKenna’s memoir
Adelaide Festival
by
ABR Arts 01 March 2021

There is, somewhat surprisingly, a German connection in the otherwise resoundingly Irish The Boy Who Talked to Dogs, the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Slingsby Theatre Company co-production based on Martin McKenna’s memoir about his hardscrabble childhood in 1970s Garryowen. In both the book and the play, adapted by Irish playwright Amy Conroy, we encounter Martin (Bryan Burroughs) as a deeply troubled youth – the ‘smallest, weakest, and scaredest’ of a set of triplets – growing up with German emigrant parents.

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