Shaggy dog story a comedy treat
Sometimes audiences can be tough critics but anything could happen when the cast of DOG perform to a roomful of canines.
The play opened last night at the Basement Theatre and tomorrow there is a special sold-out show where theatregoers can take their dogs along. Proceeds of that show go to the SPCA. Companionship is a theme addressed in the play produced by Wolfgang Creative.
‘‘It’s about an old man who is keeping a dog around the house that has died but he can’t bear to part with it,’’ actor Gareth Williams says.
Williams plays the neighbour who is in love with the old man’s boarder.
The play will be Shavaughn Ruakere’s theatrical debut. She will be joined on stage by veteran actor Mick Innes.
‘‘It’s a bit of an off-beat comedy with a little bit of heart,’’ Williams says.
Despite the subject matter there are no real dogs in the play.
Williams expects the SPCA fundraiser show will be an interesting experience.
‘‘I really don’t know, it’s going to be a bit of a funny show,’’ he says.
‘‘I think there will be a lot of barking.’’
Dog lovers: Cast and crew of DOG with their canine friends. Back row from left, Mick Innes with Snoopy and Kimberley Hogan with Romeo. Bottom row from left, Shavaughn Ruakere with Murphy, Kirby-Jane Hallum with Dozer and Ben Hutchison with Chip.
Doggie delight: Actor Gareth Williams doesn’t know what to expect when he performs to a room full of dogs.