april / may 2017

uk tour

In association with Hounslow Art Centre


full details coming soon

5 - 27 august 2016

surgeons hall


Edinburgh fringe festival


Running time: 50 mins

7 - 9 july 2016

lion and unicorn theatre


camden, london


Running time: 50 mins

In 2009, Peter Bergmann washed up on a beach in Ireland. This is not his real name. He did not live there. No one ever came to claim him. In this moving true story, he finally gets a voice...


A Dream of Dying centres on the unbelievable real life tale of a man who has never been identified. Using CCTV footage and interviews with local residents, the police pieced together a bizarre story of his final hours; buying envelopes that were never posted, giving fake addresses to hotels, disposing of his worldly belonging across various waste bins dotted across the small seaside town of Sligo in Ireland. When the body washed ashore, a long investigation began to attempt to identify the stranger - one that remains unsolved to this day.


Treasa Nealon has created a poignant, funny, and heartbreaking piece of writing charting the voyage of Peter Bergmann from birth to death. Lawrence Boothman breathes life into this solo performance, portraying dozens of characters in the space of an hour. A Dream of Dying is set to be one of the most unmissable experiences of the Fringe.


"It’s one of the best solo shows I’ve seen this Fringe, and Boothman deserves credit for his obvious commitment to both the story and his art."



"a clever and often poignant exploration of human frailty"

british theatre guide


"A moving performance"

the list


"Witty and layered...A powerful piece of storytelling"

fringe review


Peter Bergmann

Lawrence Boothman




david shopland



Treasa Nealon


artwork and photos


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