THE SKY IS SAFE
MUNGO PARK: TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA
WINNER ! of Summerhall's LUSTRUM AWARD for OUTSTANDING THEATRE at the Edinburgh Festival 2016
Matthew Zajac as Mungo Park
Anders Budde Christensen
Directed by Martin Lyngbo
Written by Martin Lyngbo and Thor Bjorn Krebs
Dogstar is delighted to be working with one of Scandinavia’s most innovative and popular independent theatre companies, Mungo Park Arts Centre of Copenhagen to bring a highly entertaining and epic adventure story to audiences - the story of the Scottish explorer Mungo Park.
Winner Best Actor Award 2009 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland
2008 Scotsman Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award Winner
The Stage Award for Best Solo Performer Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008
Holden Street Theatre Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2008
Nominated Best Theatre Production & Best Theatre Performance Adelaide 2009
"...a beautifully realised tale of the reality of survival in war-torn Eastern Europe...Matthew Zajac's moving performance is a triumph of evocative staging and storytelling." The Observer
"Sweetness is a piece of skewed, post-modern storytelling that revels in its own oddness. There's something at the heart of such a wild piece of contemporary folklore that says something about the ruthlessness of creation itself." The Herald
Adapted into a 4-part series for BBC Radio Scotland - Winner of the Golden Torc for Best Radio Production Celtic Film & TV Awards 2000
“An engrossing treat…fascinating and provocative music theatre pulling together history, storytelling, cultural politics…and some hilarious madcap humour.”
Sue Wilson, The Scotsman
Performance Award Winner, Ternopil Theatre Festival, Ukraine.
"Terrifically well done...ambitious, stylish and very popular, and a timely reminder of the quality of performers all over Scotland."
Robert Dawson Scott The Times
“…a rich, responsible and deeply poetic piece of work which powerfully links traditional life on the land in Aberdeenshire both with the ferment of post-war Britain and with the hell through which millions of European farms and villages had just passed. Matthew Zajac and Dogstar are to be congratulated on a gallant, heartfelt attempt to give this major play the public platform it deserves.”
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
“…a fine ensemble cast deliver strong performances in what is a powerful look at good and evil, displacement and assimilation – and what, if anything, separates man from beast.” Metro
Factor 9 opened for a week at Profilteatern's Festival of Horror & Art (Skrackfestival) in Umea, Sweden in March 2014, part of Umea's year as European Capital of Culture. Further dates in Denmark & Wales were followed by a Scottish tour during April. We were thrilled to work again with Ben Harrison and Tim Reid, who worked so successfully with us on The Tailor of Inverness. We are also worked for the first time with the highly accomplished designer Emily James, lighting designer Paul Claydon and composer Pippa Murphy.
"...a furiously skilful play. Everything works: the timing of the actors, the lighting, the sound and video projections...Be sure to see it. It is an important play about a dark time."
Anders Sjogren, Vasterbottens Kuriren
The Baroness by Thor Bjorn Krebs 2013
“Roberta Taylor gives a powerful, vivid performance as Blixen, with Ewan Donald in fine form as the poet, and Aidan O’Rourke providing some terrific, jarring recorded violin music.”
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
"A wild, roving comedy that takes the cliches of the male Scots psyche that attempts to bridge the cultural tug-of-war between hand-me-down myth and more modern times. Adam's preoccupations resemble those of American writer Sam Shepard's own relationship with the Wild West, which the Highlands can arguably be said to be the equivalent of..." The Herald
"...a near-perfect example of post-modernism in all its playful glory." The Scotsman
"...imaginative and beautifully realised music theatre."
“This latest show from Inverness-based Dogstar is stuffed to the brim with incident, history, madness and fascination.”
Joyce MacMillan The Scotsman
“a deft blend of solid research, comic absurdity, withering satire, lyrical imagery and swift changes of mood and pace” Inverness Courier