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. 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. 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).
Rosalind Blessed comments, In an increasingly isolated society awash with false images and glamorised stories, it’s so easy to imagine that you are alone. I wrote The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People as a person with a hell of a lot of problems; writing it left me feeling that perhaps it was not my fault after all. In Lullabies for the Lost, I opened up about my mental health and by treating the subject matter with honesty and an irreverent humour, it opened a conversation with the audience. You are not wrong. You are not broken. And you are not alone.
Both plays will be performed at The Old Red Lion Theatre 7th January to 1st February 2020.