Pet Boy and The Bird's Dream is a live performance, written, directed and narrated by Sonia Shiel. It takes the shape of a staged read through, featuring intrinsic props, costumes and minimal set pieces, around which the action is performed, gestured and narrated. Written entirely in a future conditional tense, it examines a fictional story from the past, that has yet to happen. It acts as a traditional prologue, but with peculiar hindsight into a family's created legacy.

Performed by Sonia Shiel and The Avocado Project Ensemble.
Narration: Sonia Shiel.
Cast: Katie O'Byrne, Giri Kurichiyath, Kim Dongjin, Tzarini Meyler, Jack McWalters and Conor Moran.
Crew: Waki Kamino, Emiline Notari and Verna Kokkonen.


READ AN EXCERPT from Pet Boy and the Bird's Dream, - A prologue. ©


Pet Boy and The Bird's Dream - UCD Artist in Residence Program

Pet Boy and The Bird's Dream, has developed as part of Avocado - a series of productions, by the 2017 Arts and Humanities' Artist-in-Residence Sonia Shiel. It involves the materialisation of Shiel's own dove-tailing short-stories into a new play and will see its adaptation to film, performance, sculpture and installation with a series of events throughout 2016 and 2017, beginning in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and ArtBox, Dublin, among other venues. UCD Parity Studios is a university wide programme connecting the rich ecology of art practice in Ireland with research and education at University College Dublin. Through the Artist in Residence Programme, Elective modules and Public Engagement Programme, UCD Parity Studios Residencies support critical thinking and creative approaches to cross- disciplinary research.

The full script of Pet Boy and the Bird's Dream will be published, along with Rectangle, Squared and others, by UCD Parity Press in 2018