Installation shots: Temple Bar Studios and Gallery, Dublin, Artbox, Dublin and Treeline Pavillion Dublin. Performed by Sonia Shiel and The Avocado Project Ensemble. Narration: Sonia Shiel.
Pet Boy' is performed by everyone in its cast and crew of ten. It features intrinsic props, costumes-cum-landscapes, make-up, a choir of trees, and minimal set-pieces around which the action is performed, gestured, hung 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. Pet Boy and The Bird's Dream, 2016 is a story set at the end of the world. It originates with a long-forgotten offence of forgery, committed generations ago, when an ordinary egg was painted blue to save the fraudster from hunger. It sold on the black market and created a sizeably wealthy empire to which Paulie, a novice painter and the main protagonist, is now the reluctant heir. Composed entirely in the future conditional tense, it examines a story from the past, and a blight that has yet to come.

Performed by Sonia Shiel and The Avocado Project Ensemble and The Tree Birds Scratch Choir.
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.


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