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In march 2020, the world entered some complex ages, it was a time when we were all stuck in our homes for fear of disseminating COVID-19. Stage plays could no longer happen in theatre so… theatre-makers improvised.
In January of that same year, I had a chat with Rosalind Blessed about her self-penned plays ‘The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People’ and ‘Lullabies for the Lost’.
Those plays were performed in rep throughout January 2020 with no sign of coming back, until… today.
13 TO 19TH OF APRIL 2020, FREE, ONLINE FRINGE FESTIVAL
“In Lullabies for the Lost. “Eight souls come together to share their secret stories as they desperately try to escape their self-created limbo. Looking at modern mental health and exploring depression, social anxiety, childlessness, hoarding and eating disorders, Lullabies for the Lost remains full of humour and ultimately hope, especially when there’s a helping paw to hold. Directed by Zoe Ford Burnett (Associate Director on The Lehman Trilogy, London and New York), it will star also Duncan Wilkins and Rosalind Blessed, alongside Kate Tydman (Top Girls, National Theatre), Helen Bang (Dancing with the Devil, Sadler’s Wells), Hildegard Neil (Antony and Cleopatra, Folio Films), Liam Mulvey (Kingsglaive, Square Enix), Nick Murphy (The Black Veil, UK tour), Chris Porter (Pressure, UK tour and Park Theatre) and Chris Pybus (Towards Zero, Mill at Sonning).“
20 TO 26TH OF APRIL 2020, FREE, ONLINE FRINGE FESTIVAL
“The Delights of Dogs and The Problems of People is a study of domestic abuse. It asks what causes a mind to unravel and why we don’t recognise the dangers lurking under our own roofs until it’s too late. This is not a story of a monster and a victim – life is not that simple. Performed by Duncan Wilkins (Romeo and Juliet, MokitaGrit) and Rosalind Blessed (Octavia, RSC Barbican) and directed by Caroline Devlin (King Lear, Guildford Shakespeare Company), the production holds dear the pure love of a dog and an owner even as human relationships become destructive. Bound together by a discussion of common yet devastating issues, it will be performed alongside Lullabies for the Lost.“
Photographs by: Natalie Wells & Adam Trigg
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I, Yann Sicamois – sound in body and mind – shall never apologize to an angry mob under any circumstances.