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Hound Dog was written in 2013 and premiered at International Two, Sweet Grassmarket during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2013. http://www.facebook.com/hounddogplay
Family-friendly. Suitable for all ages.
The script is available to amateur and professional theatre companies from http://www.lazybeescripts.co.uk/Scripts/script.aspx?iSS=2942
Linda and Lucy return home from a failed mother/teenage daughter bonding holiday. Lucy has a tan. Linda has a plan to bring home an abandoned dog. Family tensions are exposed and heighten as Linda single-mindedly pursues her goal. A touching and witty look at modern family relationships with improvisation adding unpredictability and spontaneity. A brand new play with a twist and a wag in its tail.
Characters: Linda (a mother aged 40-55), Bob, her husband (similar ages), Sarah, her friend (aged 35-65), Lucy (teenage daughter, 15-17), Greg (teenage son aged 14-16), Jack (elderly dog), Juno (young dog)
*** Richard Stamp (Published on Tuesday, 06 August 2013)
And, as it’s portrayed in the play at least, that family could barely be more stereotypically conventional. There’s the quietly sensible father, the big-hearted emotionally-driven mum, the fine upstanding son, and the rebellious daughter – whose feisty side is finally quelled by the feel of a new-born in her arms. Yes, some people will throw up their hands in horror at such an old-fashioned set of gender roles, but there are plenty of others who’ll celebrate seeing the traditional family unit reflected on a Fringe stage.
That unit includes the dogs. I hesitate to spoil the following surprise, but I’m really not doing the play justice if I fail to mention it: the dogs are played by human actors, in furry costumes, who do all the things that real dogs do (including sniffing the other actors’ feet and eating chocolate drops directly off the floor). I admit I groaned inwardly when I realised what was going to happen, but I’d completely changed my mind by halfway through. There’s a kind of carefree joy in seeing two people play the parts of two quarrelling canines – and the whole thing’s done with a liberating touch of irony, the occasional acknowledgement that that there’s something really quite peculiar happening on the stage.
So this play is perfectly lovely …
A tighter and pacier delivery would help the humour to shine, which matters, because there’s plenty of humour to enjoy. The script is filled with a multitude of gently funny lines – observations on the nuances of family life, which anyone at all can understand. There are some serious themes, too, about finding the time to rub along with the people we love, and while those thoughts could be developed with a little more subtlety they’re heartwarming and life-affirming just the same. So there’s a lot that’s loveable about Hound Dog; but it perhaps needs to be trimmer and fitter to do justice to its undoubted pedigree.