The Sand Dog Cometh

The Sand Dog Cometh

Wed 14 October 2015

Drama/Comedy/Physical Theatre

Inspired by 'high' and 'low' culture, the 70’s, unintelligible academic language, classic crooners, Rihanna, musicals, Scouse female fashions, dereliction and shopping centres, The Sand Dog Cometh offers: Virtuosity? Intellectual stimulation? Distraction? Provocation? Catharsis?

Dear Audience: What is it you care about?

A multi-disciplinary solo homage to the avante-garde, to kitsch, shtick, snobbery, trash and easy laughs.

Written, directed, and performed by Mary Pearson (USA/UK)
Visual collaboration with Sophie Malmberg (DK/Berlin) 

Developed in stages at Ponderosa Tanzland Festival and Con|VERGE residency (Germany) 2013, in residency at the Bike Shed Theatre (Exeter) with Jamie Wood, and at Physical Fest 2014 (Liverpool). Physical research took place as a 'Making Space' artist-in-residence at Decoda’s Summer Dancing Festival 2014 (Coventry).

t: @mpearsonater |

With support from Decoda, Liverpool John Moore's University, The Bluecoat, Liverpool Hope University, and Arts Council England
Photo: Mark Loudon | Artwork: Doug Kerr


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Mary Pearson is an interdisciplinary performance maker based in Liverpool, UK, currently touring The Sand Dog Cometh and FAILURE (& other opportunities for non-linear success), and teaching multi-disciplinary performance workshops called FAILURE Lab.
Mary has been a guest teacher of CI, Improvisation, Choreography & Performance, and Dance at Liverpool Hope and Liverpool John Moore’s Universities, and has mentored at Ponderosa Dance summer school P.O.R.C.H. (Germany) 2011-13. She now co-curates the annual Con|VERGE residency at Ponderosa. She co-founded and was co-Artistic Director of Fool's Proof Theatre, whose work toured nationally and internationally in the UK/US from 2006-11. 

Mary has a B.A. in Visual Art/English Literature with Dance from Oberlin College, USA, and studied physical theatre at Kiklos Teatro (Padua/IT). Her international nomadic studies in dance found a home base at Ponderosa.


Press quotes from FAILURE (& other opportunities for non linear success)

"Pearson is a veritable multimedia show in herself"
"Outstanding in her range and concentration"

Total Theatre

"If you can imagine a live, feminist version of a Tarantino movie - simultaneously grotesque, exciting and uncomfortable"
Broadway Baby

"She has a warmth and an unguarded quality that is instantly appealing"
Fringe Review

"no stopping this force of nature...leaves the audience breathless"
Liverpool Sound and Vision

“By turns dazzling, vulnerable, hilarious and tender...strikingly eloquent physicality and irrepressible charm”
“she commands your total attention, and rewards it wholeheartedly. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”

Exeunt Magazine 

show details

Dates: Wed 14 Oct
Times: 8pm
Running time: TBC
Prices: £12 | £10 conc
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage
Venue: Unity Theatre

coming soon:

The Princess and The Pea