I Had A Black Dog - a playful adaptation of Matthew Johnstone's international bestseller

A darkly comedic and sensitive look at one man's life with depression, I Had a Black Dog can be seen at the Key Theatre on Friday (3rd).

Thursday, 2nd November 2017, 4:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:23 pm
I Had A Black Dog

Small Nose Productions bring you a moving and playful adaptation of Matthew Johnstone’s international bestseller “I Had A Black Dog, His Name Was Depression”.

Enjoy the simple telling of a love story. Boy meets a girl and they fall in love. But the boy doesn’t come alone! There is a third party in the form of...a black dog who is always by Joe’s side, sometimes hiding in the corner, sometimes sleeping in their bed.

When the black dog firmly moves in with the couple for a long stretch the effects of its presence get bigger and bigger.

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Can Joe tame the beast and keep the girl?

Audiences said: “I found myself laughing out loud and recognised a little thought that said: “You shouldn’t be laughing, this is serious, you’re being inappropriate!” (I told that voice to shut-up, ‘I’m enjoying myself’)

“It lightened, it played with our feelings of inclusion and exclusion…At times the humour tangibly united us.”

The play has been adapted for the stage by the company Small Nose from the original book written and illustrated by Matthew Johnstone.

It is directed by Stephen Harper.