Two Plays by Rosalind Blessed
20 Monday 20th January

Two Plays by Rosalind Blessed

Old Red Lion Theatre

Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NJ

Price: £16.50/£12.50 Concession
Time: 7.30pm Tues-Sat and 3.00pm Sat/Sun Mat
Starts: Tue 7th Jan
Ends: Sat 1st Feb

With her two self-penned plays, Rosalind Blessed returns to the stage with a family affair as she performs alongside her mother, Hildegard Neil, with her father, Brian Blessed, as executive producer. Shedding light on what we often keep hidden from the world, The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People and Lullabies for the Lost will be performed in rep throughout January at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

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. This 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. 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.

Both productions explore Blessed’s own personal experience. She writes openly, encouraging the audience to be honest with stories of their own mental health. These plays teach us to remember that there is hope and we are all in this together. Although some harrowing topics are addressed, they are full of laughter and the brightness of humanity.

Both are also united in their display of a dog’s love as a redemptive force. Dogs have been a profound help in stopping Blessed from going over the edge; they are shown to be vitally important in providing non-judgemental love when the stability of our mental health waivers.

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