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A dog-gone comedy. Literally.

War veteran Neville is intent on paying a tribute to his dog that would be befitting of any of his good mates. Unfortunately, he can't get his hands on a cannon to initiate a 21-gun salute. So instead, he is doing the next best thing, by playing the decaying corpse its favourite song 21 times before he puts him in the ground. But it's taking ages, and Nev's boarder Olivia and her rejected admirer Warwick find themselves walking an emotional tightrope to sensitively fast-track getting the dog buried.

DOG is a bittersweet, enchantingly endearing black comedy about an old man's love for his best friend.

From the folks who brought you The Lonesome Buckwhips, Wolfgang Creative, in association with The Basement, are proud to present the world premiere of DOG by Ben Hutchison.

Directed by Jeff Szusterman
Starring Mick Innes (Echo Point, Super City, Zen Dog, Hounds), Gareth Williams (Apollo 13, A Basement Christmas Carol, Spartacus) and Shavaughn Ruakere (Shortland Street, Sione's Wedding).

We need your help

The eponymous Dog of our show may be dead but he is an essential part of the play. Thanks to Creative New Zealand and Auckland Council we are debuting the play at The Basement Theatre 19-30 August. But, getting a puppet made from scratch is proving to be an expensive undertaking and we'd really like some help bringing him to life, er, to death. We also need to source a cannon, a record player, a chilly bin, a fridge, a Guy Mitchell LP, among other things, so you'd be helping us out with our whole props list!

About the creative process:

Our talented props maker is Rick Cave who holds Bachelors of Media Arts in Moving Image from Wintec majoring in Production Design. He also also has a certificate in Jade and hard stone carving certificate from Tai Poutini polytechnic. Rick has been carving jade for 13 years and working in art direction since 2013. You may have been lucky enough to see his recent debut as a production designer for a theatrical experience called "Giving Up" by Ant Glyph at The Vic in Devonport.




  • We did it!


    We did it! Party hats and sparklers as promised thanks to Mick Innes. Thanks to all our lovely supporters who kindly donated their hard-earned moolah. See you at The Basement 19-30 August. Tickets are available here. Come and see the dog puppet that you helped to create.


    Wolfgang Creative

  • Last words


    We are overwhelmed with the support we've received. Thank you for being so generous towards the project. Every little bit helps us to get this great script by Ben Hutchison on the stage for everyone to enjoy.

    As the last hours of the campaign tick by we'd like to ask you one more time to dig deep, and to get your friends and family to dig deep. If 90 people gave us $10 each we'll be sure the hit the $3,000 mark by midnight tonight.

    Perhaps Mick Innes, one of the actors bringing the show to life should have the final word here though.

    He wants to put his party hat on a light a sparkler once we hit our target.

    Woof! #doggietheatre

    Last words
  • It's a dog's day...next week!


    Hey everyone,

    We love the support we've had so far but we're still 40% off making our target and we've only 1 week left.

    The construction of the dog itself is well underway as you can see in the pic below. If you'd like to see more images please follow this link to our Facebook album.

    Please help us to reach our goal and bring DOG to the stage!


    Wolfgang Creative

    It's a dog's day...next week!
  • One-off charity performance for SPCA


    FOR THE FIRST TIME Aucklanders will be able to take their dog to see a theatre show at The Basement this August.

    DOG, by Ben Hutchison is a touching comedic tale about an old man’s grief for his recently departed dog, and in addition to its two-week season, Wolfgang Creative is hosting a one-off charity performance to raise money for the SPCA and to put the spotlight on animal companionship.

    Shavaughn Ruakere, along with Gareth Williams and Mick Innes are thrilled to perform to a canine audience in order to raise money for the much-loved charity.

    SPCA Auckland Marketing and Fundraising Manager Rona Booth, says “We’re really excited to be involved in such an innovative event where pet owners can enjoy a night at the theatre with their whole family, including their canine family members. A huge thanks to cast and crew of DOG for choosing to support the SPCA.”

    The one-off ‘bring your dog along to The Basement’ to see DOG will play Thursday 21st August at 5:30pm. Entry is by donation. All proceeds will go to the SPCA. Places are limited so please contact info@wolfgangcreative.co.nz to secure a seat for you and your socialised dog!

    One-off charity performance for SPCA
  • We're halfway!


    In recognition of nearly achieving the 50% funding milestone here's some cuteness to brighten up your day. Don't you just love the little itty bitty paw?

    We're halfway!
  • Pulling our tail


    One of our Boosted donors has claimed the tail of our dog puppet. Which part has your name on it?


    Keep up to date with the progress of the production  via our Facebook page. Rehearsals start on Monday and we still need your help create the star of the show so the actors have something to rehearse with!


    Pulling our tail
  • Tickets on sale


    We are just under 6 weeks out from opening night and are really grateful for the donations that have come in so far! Please ask your friends to chuck a couple of bucks our way.

    Tickets for DOG are now available at iTicket.co.nz. Opening night has already sold out so be sure to secure your tickets. It'd be a a dog-gone shame to miss this show!

    We'll be keeping you up to date with the progress of the puppet. His little body is starting to take shape so we will post some pics soon.


  • DOG


    24 hours into our funding campaign and we've already hit 8% of our target. Thank you so much to our generous patrons of the arts! We've got enough money to purchase the raw materials! Check out what goes into making a dog puppet!