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THE DOGS OF WAR  by Tim Foley

Venue: Old Red Lion Theatre

Dates: 26 May - 20 June 2015

 

Creative Team

 

Writer: Tim Foley

Director: Tom O'Brien

Designer: Libby Todd

Lighting Design: Tom Kitney

Sound Design: David Gregory

Original Music: DIVISIONS

Producer: Robin Rayner & David Adkin

 

 

“First we had one, then another, then another, and now there's a pack of them and they're all barking mad. And they're not bright, they're not clever, that's a myth. I'll tell you what they are. Havoc.”

 

The Herming family have moved to rural Northern Ireland – also known as the middle of nowhere. The Dad makes stuff in his shed, the Mam pops pills in her armchair, and Johnny the son avoids them both as much as possible. So far, so normal. But when Johnny comes home from university, everything has gone a little strange. For starters, the family dogs have turned invisible and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (and local resident) has arrived unannounced. While Johnny wrestles with all that is seen and unseen, an ongoing conflict with a nearby farmer will have untold repercussions for his parents Descend into madness, and ascend unto greatness, as the savage dogs of war tear this family apart.

 

A volatile look at a group of people battling with the fear of change, isolation and separation.

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**** - The Stage

***** - Remotegoat

***** - Grumpy Gay Critic

**** - Exeunt Magazine

**** - West End Wilma

**** - London City Nights

**** - Downstage Centre

**** - Entertainment Focus

**** - LDN Card

**** - Ginger Hibiscus

**** - Views From The Gods

Rethink Mental Illness Logo Time-to-Change-Blog INTERVIEW WITH TIM FOLEY

"tantalises and grips right to the end..."

EVENING STANDARD

THREE OFF WEST END AWARD NOMINATIONS THEATRE PICK IN THE STAGE

REVIEWS

"Foley gives us wry humour, sharp dialogue and empathy...the narrative tantalises and grips right to the end"

Evening Standard

 

****

"Tom O’Brien’s production is pacy and beautifully acted. An insightful and not disquieting look at mental illness...impressive and compassionate"

The Stage

 

****

"This play is an absolute gem and stands out."

West End Wilma

 

*****

"Intelligent, bold, and uncomfortably challenging, The Dogs of War lets loose an unprecedented deeper look at mental health. A deeply impactful piece of theatre that is as important as it is intense."

Grumpy Gay Critic

 

*****

"Tom O'Brien's direction is perfectly pitched...Everything about this is superb."

Remotegoat

 

****

"A work of considerable insight and emotional complexity"

Exeunt

 

****

"The malleable reality and emotional tension make for immediately compelling theatre...A powerful and bizarre play"

London City Nights

 

****

"Emotionally saturated yet wickedly funny, The Dogs of War adds colour to the conversation on psychological wellbeing."

Ginger Hibiscus

 

****

"everyone involved must be applauded for such a brave and powerful piece of theatre."

Downstage Centre

 

"Tom O’Brien’s pacy production uses both the stage and the audience seats inventively...Strong and delightfully weird...brilliantly surreal"

Time Out

 

"The writing is masterful, the performances strong, and the play really comes into its own in the

second half. For a tragic, complex insight into mental illness and how it can tear families apart,

go to see The Dogs of War."

A Younger Theatre

"everyone involved must be applauded for such a brave and powerful piece of theatre."

DOWNSTAGE CENTRE

Photography: Pamela Raith