Thu 23 Sep - Sat 25 Sep

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

"Transplanted from Mikhail Bulgakov"


Heart of a Dog by Éadaoin O’Donoghue
Presented by John O’Brien, The Everyman and The Civic
Directed by John O’Brien

Live at The Everyman
THU 23–SAT 25 SEP 2021

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

Cast and Creative Team

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

Running time 95 MIN | NO INTERVAL


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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