Dead Dad Dog

Cast: 2m

Staging: Minimal set

Amateur rights performance fee: £60 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Published in volume Scot-Free
First Staged:
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, & Royal Court Theatre, London, 1988

Dead Dad Dog

By John McKay
Published in volume Scot-Free

A short, witty, comic nightmare in which an unemployed, trendy young Scottish man is dogged by his deceased father, who was a Hoover salesman in his prime. An offbeat comedy with a political edge.

John McKay's short play Dead Dad Dog was first staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in May 1988, and then at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 1988.

Press Quotes

'Entertaining... a warm nostalgia-fest'

Arts Desk

'A play that sets out purely and simply to entertain, and succeeds completely... This energetic, funny play is beautifully constructed in a series of short scenes with two wonderful roles and, at 65 minutes, is just the right length... The audience quickly accepts the surreal plot and becomes involved in the relationship between father and son, with many laughs along the way... sends you out of the theatre totally contented... They don't write plays like this these days!'


'Funny and heartwarming... plenty of dry humour'

Broadway Baby

'Touching and very funny... works a treat'

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