2015 Edinburgh Fringe

Music for Dogs

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Written by Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan, Music for Dogs is a story of survival, set during Ireland's Celtic Tiger years, and takes place on Dublin's Burrow beach. By turns funny and poignant, it tells the story of Jane MacDonald and how she made the fortune she is leaving to her estranged brother and sister. Though the context of Janey Mac's story is a dark one, her essential humanity and joy in life shine through.

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Dear Conjunction - a Paris-based English language theatre company - presents this black comedy by award-winning Irish poet and playwright, Paula Meehan, at the Free Sisters, Cowgate, 18th - 29th August at 11.10am.

Paula has published six award-winning collections of poetry, including Dharmakaya and Painting Rain. She has written plays for adults and children, most notably Cell and The Wolf of Winter.

Selections of her poetry have been published in French, German, Galician, Spanish, Japanese, Estonian and Greek. Dedalus Press have recently republished Mysteries of the Home, seminal poems from the 80s and 90s.

Irish actor Carol Caffrey (returning to the stage after a 24 year break) plays Jane MacDonald, a role poet Liz Lefroy says "she was born to play". Back in the 80s in Dublin, Carol worked as a professional actor with Moving Theatre, TEAM Theatre-in-Education, The Project Arts Centre, RTE and the comedy duo, The Bawdy Beautifuls. Now living and working in Shropshire as a writer (publications include Bare Fiction and The Fish Anthology), Carol spent the intervening years as a full-time mother, part-time teacher and relief carer for her siblings (as illness struck) before getting her glad rags on again for this production.


Date Time Venue
18th Aug 11:10 The Free Sisters
19th Aug 11:10 The Free Sisters
20th Aug 11:10 The Free Sisters
21st Aug 11:10 The Free Sisters
22nd Aug 11:10 The Free Sisters
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29th Aug 11:10 The Free Sisters

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Poignant, heart-rending, witty and gloriously dark in places. Carol was riveting in depicting Jane's reflections, recollections, and her emotional unrest, all wrapped up in a very funny story. Thoroughly engaging. Bravo!

David Sadlier

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