In The Shadow Of The Black Dog
By Daniel Hallissey
A dark comedy about Alquist, who is having a bit of a downward spiral, as he’s convinced he’s dying. Recently single, the world uninspiring, a dead-end job and a weak relationship with his father, he relies on the moments of solace with his best friend. One day – it shatters, any tether which may have been hanging in there is lost as his best friend takes his own life. He wonders how men text friends to say that they’re lonely or where men go to grieve.
The catalysts for writing IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLACK DOG are BASED ON TRUE EVENTS. My best friend died. Soon after, I became ill and was sitting in a hospital emergency room, alone and scared believing I wouldn’t have long to live. I felt unable to call anyone for support to be with me. Months later, I was chased down by two men on a moped, wielding knives, threatening to kill me and I narrowly escaped. After the experience of these events a thought has stayed with me I haven’t been able to shift: I don’t know if I can save myself. I eventually reached out to my mates and found we were all harboring the same fears about being a man or not a good enough one.
This story is about confronting fear, embarrassment and pain, learning it doesn’t work if we keep avoiding the root causes and staying quiet. We can’t just put on a mask and convince ourselves everything will be OK. The way to break this cycle of hurt and suffering and to be able to move on is to be willing to ask questions, address the underlying reasons for our unhappiness and engage with others so we can better understand ourselves. Only then can a better life be possible, as we stop trying to survive each day and start to live.
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Last year the Ed Fringe highlighted, in 2018 there were over 3500 shows. Most companies order on average for the festival 10,000 flyers, to hand out to promote their shows. Combined, that works out at 546 trees. Just for the Edinburgh Fringe. Now think of all the festivals around the world and not just the arts.
All The Pigs are leading the way to change this.
Not only have we printed our show on jumpers, but we have also created a QR code you can scan with your phone’s camera and instantly a link will appear sending you to our shows booking and information page for Assembly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This saves paper, waste, trees, is environmentally friendly and sustainable. It also cost the same amount spent to buy 10,000 flyers.
It's a revolution in promoting. It encourages interaction by engaging potential audience members in conversation. This flyer works on most social media platforms as well. All The Pigs are the first Theatre Company to champion this idea, for others to follow and change the way we think about promoting shows at festivals around the world.
Look at the Glastonbury Festival 2019 with the ban on single-use plastic bottles. If theatre festivals were to turn around and say no flyering or recyclable paper only, it would make creatives become creative in changing their strategy and approaches to selling their show.
All The Pigs champion this idea, for others to follow and change the way we think about promoting shows at festivals around the world. We want to campaign and champion festivals to stop the use of flyers.
We can achieve this with any modern smartphone, hover your camera over and click on the link that comes up. Our show's details will come up on your phone. No waste, no hassle, no problems.