WRITTEN BY PHILLIP JONES
'NO MATTER HOW FAR FROM HOME YOU GO, YOU'LL ALWAYS HAVE DOG HAIR ON YOUR CLOTHES'
'Committed and passionate performances'
'I trust this is the play's point - the working class do not need knights in shining armour, sugar daddies or large inheritances to live their lives.
- London Theatre 1
'Clearly written and performed from a place of lived experience which shines through to create something with ambition and integrity'
- The Reviews Hub
STAFF PICK OF THE FESTIVAL: WEEK 2
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VAULT FESTIVAL 2023 CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
SON: Phillip Jones
MAM: Sarah Rickman
MIKE: Raphael Von Blumenthal
PRODUCER: Rachel Thomas
DIRECTOR: Karan Desai
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Amy Tickner
STAGE MANAGER: Victoria Rose
PHOTOS: Ali Wright
'ASBESTOS CEILINGS DON'T BREAK LIKE GLASS'
DOG HAIR is a new 3-hander written by Welsh working-class writer Phillip Jones. After the death of SON's Nan, SON returns to his hometown, but MAM's boyfriend MIKE, not from the area, has other ideas about what's best for them. As the town's grip re-takes its hold, SON struggles to suppress his rising grief, tensions with MIKE intensify, and there can only be so long until the levy breaks. Lost, angry and broken, SON is forced to confront the question: can you ever truly leave the place you're from?
Humour, warmth, unstereotyped working-class bite, charm and tenderness combine in DOG HAIR: the story of a working-class mother & son navigating grief and loss in the small industry-formed town that's shaped them. Feeling trapped and separate from their home, DOG HAIR is about the struggle between place and identity, and how 'No matter how far you go from home, you'll always have dog hair on your clothes'.
DOG HAIR is written by Phillip Jones (BWL BOY - BBC WALES, Best Actor: It's My Shout for PACKAGED - BBC Wales), and Produced by Rachel Thomas (Associate Producer: WHOLE, Multi award-winning RUCKUS), for Seventh Sense Theatre.
It has been supported in development by Arts Council England, Wildcard Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Sherman Theatre and RECLAIM Project.