In the Shadow of the Black Dog

Theatre (solo show, comedy)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Front Room
  • 18:30
  • Aug 23
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: All The Pigs
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 16 and above (16+)(Strong Language/Swearing, OtherSexual References)
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


All the Pigs presents an endearing dark comedy about Alquist, who is suspended in an adolescent mindset trying to start life over, leading him to challenge his beliefs about what it means to be a man. Spending his time unhinged, consumed with self-loathing, a self-destructive streak and loneliness drives Alquist to many wrong decisions. A raw and moving exploration of identity and masculinity.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Venue is built on astroturf. Access via side entrance. Front of house will guide to separate entry.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Misha Mehta 88 days ago

My partner and I were approached by the actor in this show about an hour before it, and it sounded really interesting so we gave it a go. I am so glad that we did because this was one of the best shows we saw throughout the festival. The actor is absolutely brilliant and completely draws you into the story. It didn't even feel like a one-man show because his ability to paint the scene perfectly made it possible to actually visualize the other characters and what was happening. My partner and I left the theater feeling shell-shocked from the emotion we felt watching this; we walked around in a daze for a bit and then couldn't stop talking about how profound the show was. We felt like we'd just fully lived this character's experience ourselves. It is absolutely a must-see, and I truly believe that it was as brilliant as it was because of the actor and his performance. I really hope he is successful in his career because he is incredibly talented. I cannot recommend this show enough!

Laura Braham 100 days ago

A serious yet humourous insight into men, trauma, relationships and health which raises some important questions and issues about how society expects men to cope and the tragic consequences when they don't. A fantastic albeit uncomfortable at times look into present day masculinity. Danny holds the audience's attention, creating laughs and tears, whilst sensitively de-layering the issue. A really poignant show to get both men and women thinking.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 86 days ago

Alquist’s convinced he’s dying. His worried mum wants him to ultrasound his testicles, but a doctor talks about stress. A best friend has died and he just can’t fix it. He wonders where men go to grieve, or how they text friends to say that they’re lonely, not just to...

Read the full review (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

In The Shadow of the Black Dog is Daniel Hallissey’s solo theatre show focusing on one man’s struggle with mental health as his life shifts around him.
With suicide being the biggest killer of men under 50, In the Shadow of the Black Dog is clearly an important show

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

Time and time again we hear the same thing; “they were fine yesterday”. Suicide often gives no clues; it doesn’t leap out and holler attention. It’s a dark, cold and lonely experience which neither support nor discuss enough. Alquist is having a bit of downward spiral. Recently single, the world...

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Theatre Weekly (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

In The Shadow of The Black Dog is an intimate, challenging piece that is not afraid to ask the questions that are often quick to be avoided.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

In spite of the rising public awareness of male suicide, mental health is still an issue some men avoid discussing. The title of Daniel Hallissey’s hard-hitting show — In Shadow of the Black Dog — in some ways reflects this, the phrase a common allusion to depression. Yet, this solo performance, based on true...

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