Xavier Samuel. Illustration: Julian Meagher

Xavier Samuel. Illustration: Julian Meagher

The Dog / The Cat

The Dog by Brendan Cowell
The Cat by Lally Katz
Director & Designer Ralph Myers
Co-Costume Designer Mel Page
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory

Andrea Demetriades
Benedict Hardie
Xavier Samuel

18 June – 26 July
Downstairs Theatre

Xavier Samuel (Adore, The Twilight Saga: EclipseThe Seagull State Theatre Company of South Australia) is one of a cohort of talented Australian actors making big waves in Hollywood. We are thrilled to announce that he will be returning to Australia to appear in The Dog / The Cat. He will be joined by Andrea Demetriades (Janet King ABC1) and Benedict Hardie (The Water Diviner) in two interconnected tales of love and stupidity.

The Dog / The Cat is a delightful double bill from two of the hottest playwrights around, Brendan Cowell and Lally Katz. Something ridiculous and sweet and just for fun.

When two men share custody of a dog, and they both meet the same woman, with said dog, in the park, well nothing but hilarity can ensue. Cowell paints a not-so-flattering portrait of the tricky line between mateship and romance, and of the insatiable appetite of Jack Russell terriers for the most disgusting things they can find.

Owning a cat is not easy. Co-owning a cat with your ex is less easy. Co-owning a smart-talking, irritable, meddling cat with your ex is comedy. If this sounds to you like the kind of thing Lally Katz (Stories I Want to Tell You in Person, Neighbourhood Watch) should write, you’re right. There is no-one who does charming, funny and unlikely quite like Katz.

Cowell was originally cast in The Dog / The Cat but his commitments with the feature film adaption of Ruben Guthrie means he will no longer be appearing in the play. Given Cowell’s unexpected departure we are very fortunate to have such a talented replacement.

Under the direction of Ralph Myers (Peter Pan) this will be the romantic comedy that proves romance is not dead, but it might not be compatible with pets.

Notes for Editors

Season information
Dates 18 June – 26 July 2015
Previews Thursday 18 & Friday 19 June
Opening Night Saturday 20 June
Times Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday to Friday 8.15pm | Saturday 2.15pm & 8.15pm | Sunday 5.15pm
Tickets Full $48* | Seniors/Industry/Group $42 | Concession $38 | Previews $38
Venue Belvoir St Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or belvoir.com.au
* Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.


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