Just a man in a van with only his black dog for company.
What will it take to stop him running away from life?
About the Production
Written by Megan Riedl & Bjorn Worpel.
Starring Katrina Hill & Adam Roche.
Travels With My Black Dog is a two-person performance, written by Bjorn Worpel and Megan Riedl. It is a comedic work, despite dealing with a serious topic: depression.
The play is based on Megan’s personal story of living with a loved one who experiences depression. Inspiration also came from another relative who lives and travels with a dog as companion.
This outdoor theatre show uses a real VW Campervan as the set piece. Actors portraying the man and his dog use energetic, physical theatre. Boisterous scenes are balanced by insightful monologue and genuine warmth between the two friends.
In celebrating the special bond between man and dog, Travels With My Black Dog aims to provide the audience with a truthful and sincere portrayal of a person living with mental illness. The work aims to acknowledge the stigma that is often faced by those who have depression and struggle to maintain a support network.
Tripwire Theatre Inc presented ‘Travels with My Black Dog’ in January 19-22, 2017. The tour to six outdoor locations across central Victoria was funded by the City of Greater Bendigo Community Grants Program & the Golden Plains Shire Health Promotion Partnership Program; Sponsored by UFS Dispensaries, Petcarers Victoria & The Elder Family and Supported by Auspicious Arts Projects.
News Coverage of January 2016 Tour
- The Courier – Humorous approach used to explore serious issue
- Buninyong News – Review and Photos
- 3BA Ballarat Today – Interview with Megan Riedl
- Voice FM The Arts Program
I am a sufferer of depression and I felt very connected to the play. I believe raising awareness of this issue is so important as sufferer’s well being can often be negatively impacted by the response of those around them…many people tend to shy away as they do not understand and are fearful of how to respond to those that suffer depression. Unfortunately the gap just widens and the hole gets deeper. I am certain your play would have made a difference to many people’s lives. It certainly made my day as it is encouraging to see others taking on the challenge of raising awareness of mental illness. A very tricky subject, but you nailed it. Congratulations! And sincere thanks. Jill Osborn
I wanted to let you how much I enjoyed the performance at the Botanic Gardens on the weekend. It was a funny, sweet, well acted piece that made you think about the issues of mental health and dogs in general. I really enjoyed it! Well done to all involved especially the 2 main performers. Brad Creme, Curator Bendigo Botanic Gardens
Thanks for coming to Buninyong. It was a super show and it worked so well in the Gardens. Buninyong Tourist Info Centre
This was the best bit of theatre I’ve been to this year!! (And may well remain that.) Funny but serious, and an absolute must for dog lovers! I hope we see more of Tripwire in Buninyong Botanic Gardens. Merle Hathaway
It was a terrific show. well done everyone. Katrina and Adam you were fabulous. So dog like and so depressed. Linden Nicholls
It was simply brilliant! Got me right in the feels, as art should! It was so good! I’m still teary and happy. Theatre is the best! Feeling very privileged right now. Kate Drury