Writer / Director
Part fiction, part autobiography, Black Dog God Fish tells the story of one employee’s quest to liberate the fish - and himself - from an aquarium the holiday season left behind.
Using evocative visual story-telling and featuring an unlikely friendship with a dead, revenge-seeking goldfish, Black Dog Gold Fish explores one man’s unwhirling mind and his journey into the abyss of depression.
The show was first performed at the Vault Festival London 2015 and produced by the good people of Kickstarter. We continue developing Black Dog throughout 2016 with the kind support of Arts Council England.
"...a wild, surreal, knockabout comedy with a beating heart bursting with pathos and emotion that manages to be hilarious and heartbreaking."
Exeunt - read more
★★★★★ "Raw, funny, honest... Heartfelt."
The New Current - read more
"a bizarre and often funny challenge to persistent and insidious stigmas"
The Stage - read more
"As hilarious as it can get, and so on the button depicting mental illness and the dark side.. brilliant"
Ruby Wax OBE
"Black Dog Gold Fish is a work of exquisite melancholy and joy. It’s rare for a clown show to mean so much. Sam Bailey creates both a wildly inventive landscape as well a complex metaphorical space in which to tackle ideas of depression and alienation. The deeper issues in the show creep up on you by stealth. Our laughter becomes brilliantly problematised; what seems like playful simplicity becomes increasingly and symbolically charged. Bailey has a sure theatrical eye. His images resonate; his rhythms lure and lull and ultimately shock. I’m excited to see what he does next."
An article I wrote for CALM Magazine
Depression is like a fairytale villain. When you start talking about it, it shrinks... read more