Sleepdogs is a collaboration between director/producer Tanuja Amarasuriya and writer/composer Timothy X Atack. They make theatre, film, audio and digital work that uses vivid storytelling, intricate sound design and visceral aesthetics to create emotionally compelling experiences for audiences. They are interested in interdisciplinary tactics, the splicing of traditions, and how we exist as humans in a technologically and culturally dispersed world.

Sleepdogs’ work has been developed and presented nationally and internationally including the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Brighton Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, BBC Radio, NexT International Film Festival (Bucharest), Manchester Royal Exchange and BIOS (Athens).

In the press

“Harrowing, intelligent, beautifully crafted and deftly performed. And ultimately incredibly uplifting in an impossible-to-describe kind of way.”
Postcards from the Gods (on The Bullet and the Bass Trombone)

“Theatre at its most demanding, its most uncomfortable, its most evocative, its most primal, its most human, its most complex, and its most brilliant.” (on Dark Land Light House)


Current productions


Each version of Circadial is unique and created in residence. The company make local field recordings, then transform them into beats and tones, played live as an improvised, shifting music made entirely from the sounds of the place they're in.

(place-specific, live sound performance/installation, 2 on the road)

Dark Land Light House

Dark and visceral science-fiction story exploring themes of loneliness and how we hold onto our humanity and spirit in the face of the unknown.

(sci-fi theatre, 100mins, 7 people on the road) 

The Bullet and the Bass Trombone

The Bullet and the Bass Trombone is the story of a concert orchestra trapped in a tropical city during a military coup, told through a documentary-style collage of diary entries, news reports, audio interviews, field recordings, direct address and live music.

(live sound/theatre, 100mins, solo performance, 4 on the road)