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The Dogs of War at Old Red Lion Theatre

The Dogs of WarThe team behind the sold out and critically acclaimed production of The Fastest Clock in the Universe reunite at the Old Red Lion to stage Tim Foley’s brave dark comedy The Dogs of War – a volatile look at a group of people battling with the fear of change, isolation and separation.

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.

Tim Foley is a London based writer with a penchant for the dark, the awkward and the absurd. This brilliant new black comedy explores how mental illness can severely impact a family and also their surrounding environment. In 2013, the play made it to the final 20 of the Verity Bargate Award.

Since then, it has been developed with director Tom O’Brien and was followed by a recent reading at the Jerwood Space in London. The play is a brave new look at the effects of mental illness on a family and questions why there is still such stigma attached to illnesses which are now so common, and the production will be supporting Rethink Mental Illness charity throughout the run.

The Dogs of War
Producer Robin Rayner Productions Ltd, David Adkin and TREMers
Playwright Tim Foley
Director Tom O’Brien
Performance Dates May 26th 2015 – June 20th 2015
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm
Saturday matinee, 2.30pm
Sunday matinee, 3.00pm
Running Time 2 hrs 10 mins including interval

Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ
Ticket Price £17/£14/£10
Box Office Ticketweb (ticketweb.co.uk), 0844 412 4307
Travel Angel station (1 min walk)
King’s Cross St Pancras station (17 min walk)
Old Street station (21 min walk)
Website thedogsofwarplay.com
Twitter (twitter.com/DogsofWarPlay)


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