23 Sep–25 Sep

Heart of a Dog by Éadaoin O'Donoghue (2021)

"Transplanted from Mikhail Bulgakov"


Heart of a Dog 
Presented by
John O’Brien, The Everyman and The Civic
Written by Éadaoin O’Donoghue
Directed by John O’Brien
WORLD PREMIERE 23 Sep 2021 – The Everyman, Cork
23–25 SEP 2021 – The Everyman, Cork

John O’Brien, The Everyman and The Civic were thrilled to present Heart of a Dog by Éadaoin O’Donoghue, a play inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s novella, which premiered at The Everyman on 23 Sep 2021, before touring to The Civic as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.

Éadaoin O’Donoghue’s play, inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s masterpiece novel, is a fierce parable, a Frankenstein fable, that’s as funny as it is terrifying.

It follows the adventures of a scroungy mongrel named Sharik, who, in a gruesome scientific experiment, is turned into a man.

The play is a vivid exploration of what it means to be human, and animal – with joy, pain, love, loss, faith, ecstasy, despair, sex, beauty, wickedness, music, dancing, humour and cats.

An absurd and superbly comic odyssey.

Funded by the Arts Council

“An inventive and intriguing homecoming” – Irish Examiner

★★★★ “A beautifully imagined examination of society’s argument with itself” The Irish Times


Playwright Éadaoin O’Donoghue
Director and Co-Composer John O’Brien
Set and Costume Designer Lisa Zagone
Sound Designer and Co-Composer Peter Power
Choreographer Philip Connaughton
LX Designer Stephen Dodd
Casting Director Amy Rowan

Starred Derbhle Crotty, Matthew O’Brien, Steve Blount, Michael Grennell, Karen McCartney and Cathy White

Please find the Digital Programme for Heart of a Dog HERE

Age recommendation: 15 +

Trigger Warnings: References to sex and violence


Derbhle Crotty
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Matthew O'Brien
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Steve Blount
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Michael Grennell
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Karen McCartney
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Cathy White
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Creative team

Éadaoin O’Donoghue
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John O'Brien
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Lisa Zagone
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Peter Power
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Philip Connaughton
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Amy Rowan
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Stephen Dodd
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