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The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People and Lullabies For The Lost by Rosalind Blessed


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What is it?  

The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People by Rosalind Blessed.


What's it all about? 

Following the journey of a relationship as it disintegrates, this show asks the question "how can you know an abuser when they don’t know themselves?".


How did it make me feel? 

No matter what it appears to be, this is not a story of monster and victim, and rightly so. A very powerful play exploring the beginnings of domestic abuse, Rosalind Blessed and Duncan Wilkins are brilliant in this production. Although there are mentions of dogs in the production and the title, this isn't the driving force of the show. Instead of having a very simple plot and through line, the play jumps back and forth throughout the history of the couple until we come to the day of their anniversary.

The set designed by Anna Kezia Williams (also the designer on Lullabies of the Lost) is simplistic and therefore easy to move, which helps make the transitions very slick and watchable. 


Where is it playing?

On at the Old Red Lion in a double bill season with Lullabies of the Lost also written by Rosalind Blessed.


Anything Else? 

This show explores questions on what causes a mind to unravel, and why are we so slow to recognise the dangers lurking within our own homes. 





Image courtesy of Adam Trigg

What is it?  

Lullabies of the Lost by Rosalind Blessed.


What's it all about?

Eight souls come together in their self created limbo to tell their secrets as they desperately try to escape. While this is a seemingly dark subject matter, the show remains full of humour, understanding and ultimately hope. It illustrates that there is always a hand ready to help us when we need it most.


How did it make me feel? 

Looking at the struggles of modern society, dealing such inflictions as mental health, depression, social anxiety, and eating disorders, the play is a work in process on the verge of something great. Each character's monologue are beautifully written and well performed, however the sections in which the ensemble interacted with each other felt stiff and underdeveloped and the ending is very rushed. The set, costumes and sound design is clever and simple and really helps the piece feel like it is set in some form of Limbo world. 


Where is it on?

On at the Old Red Lion in a double bill season with The Delights of Dogs and The Problems of People also written by Rosalind Blessed.


Anything Else? 

Lullabies of the Lost on a whole is packed with humour, some beautiful tender moments and ultimately hope in a world where it is so easy to be lost and alone. Special mention to all the cast as an audience member was taken ill during this particular performance, as they were so professional and understanding. 




Claire-Monique x


The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People and Lullabies For The Lost by Rosalind Blessed are playing at The Old Red Lion until the 1st February 2020.

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