Xavier Samuel (Adore, Fury, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is one of a cohort of talented Australian actors making big waves in Hollywood – now he’s come home to make his Belvoir debut in our Downstairs Theatre with Andrea Demetriades (Janet King ABC1) and Benedict Hardie (The Water Diviner). We’re excited!

You’ve been telling us: We want ROMANCE! With COMEDY! We want ROMANTIC COMEDY! Well, here you have it. Not one but two. On the same night! Two interconnected tales of true love and stupidity from two of the hottest playwrights around.

The Dog
It could be called Two Men, One Woman, a Park and a Dog – and everyone knows that nothing breaks the ice like a cute dog. Brendan Cowell’s (Ruben Guthrie, The Sublime) funny new play 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.

The Cat
Katz on cats: 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 else who does charming, funny and unlikely quite like Katz.


Andrea Demetriades
Benedict Hardie
Xavier Samuel


The Dog by Brendan Cowell
The Cat by Lally Katz
Director Ralph Myers
Set & Costume Designer Ralph Myers
Co-Costume Designer Mel Page
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Associate Composer & Sound Designer Riley McCullagh
Lighting Associate Brittany Jones
Stage Manager Mel Dyer



The performances are pin-sharp… Rom-com is dependent on creating the impression of a unique chemistry between people. It bubbles very sweetly here.

Jason Blake | SMH

Watching Brendan Cowell and Lally Katz’s rom com double bill (with added pets) is like eating a CWA-standard double layer sponge cake. It’s a sweet, light and fluffy guilty pleasure crafted with great skill and love.

Ben Neutze | Daily Review

The writing in both plays is polished, beguiling and very very funny. Ralph Myers directs them both with panache and they are performed with an assured charm by the trio of actors.

Rebecca Whitton | Australian Stage

… the animals take to the stage with gusto, and the result is a charming, effervescent, and hilarious take on pet-ownership.

Glenn Saunders | thespellofwakinghours