Play’s wild roots

Dustin Liebelt and Krissi Thomas rehearse a scene

A LOCAL resident and self-professed ‘dogman’ is the inspiration behind a new play, Wild Dogs.
The play, written by Jeannie Haughton, follows the story of a family, who move to a Gippsland town, and must deal with the presence of a pack of feral dogs.
Ms Houghton draws on the experiences of Dominic Bromilow in her play.
“Dom, out of necessity, learned to shoot and trap wild dogs in his local area,” she said.
Wild Dogs is a co-production between Off The Leash Theatre Inc, and the West Gippsland Arts Centre.
Funding from the Regional Arts Fund and the Baw Baw Shire allowed the cast to participate in a series of workshops with theatre professionals, which has enabled them to fine tune the script.
“We now have a fine cast and crew who are honing both the new script and their own skills and knowledge,” she said.
The play tackles issues of the relationship between man and the environment, as well as land ownership, and the question of whose life counts the most.
Wild Dogs will be showing at the West Gippsland Arts Centre in Warragul on 25 and 26 October. For bookings, call 5624 2456 and at Cardinia Cultural Centre on 2 November with bookings through 1300 887 624, tickets are $30 adults, $25 concession.

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