ISBN: 9781783191567
Binding: PaperBack

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

Carl Grose


Kneehigh Theatre Company presents Dead Dog in a Suitcase written by Carl Grose.

What the HELL is the world coming to?

Based on The Beggar's Opera, John Gay's classic musical satire, Dead Dog in a suitcase (and other love songs) is busting with wit, wonder and weirdness. An extraordinary Kneehigh cast of actor-musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale of our turns SHOCKING, HILARIOUS, HEARTFELT and ABSURD!

Mayor Goodman has been assassinated. Contract killer Macheath has just married Pretty Polly Peachum and they plan to escape to a better world – but they aren't going anywhere. Not if pickled pilchard, hair gel and concrete tycoon Les Peachum and his wife have anything to do with it. See, they aren't happy with their daughter marrying Macheath. Not one bit. Before the day is out Macheath will face the hangman's noose and much more besides. All the while, the dogs are howling, the pier is creaking, the babes are crying, the concrete is cracking and the truth won't stay hidden for much longer…

This is now, this is it

The world is poor and man's a shit

The game is rigged, nothing's truer

Death's a joke and life a sewer!

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781783191567
Binding PaperBack


‘Madcap mastery… A timeless, yet very urban, myth... Bright, bold and timeless’ The Guardian

‘A robust and raucous riot’ The Times

‘The whole thing is just great fun from beginning to end… Grose's script is witty and full of subtle verses and rhymes… A fabulous piece of entertainment’ British Theatre Guide

Dead dog in a suitcase (and other love songs) is bursting with wit, wonder and weirdness… by turns SHOCKING, HILARIOUS, HEARTFELT and ABSURD’ Everyman Playhouse

 ‘One of the most imaginative, chaotic, memorable and quite beautifully absurd final scenes’ Made Up: On Stage in Liverpool

‘A loud, nihilistic and outrageously funny commentary on the ills of today’s society… A dazzling piece of theatre’ The Public Reviews

‘Here's the surest betting: once seen, this show must be seen again... and yet again. It's that good’ Liverpool Echo

‘Fiendishly clever’ The Stage