The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton | Theatre Rehearsal Photography in London | The Delights of Dogs

The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People is a new play by Rosalind Blessed, daughter of renowned actor Brian Blessed.  It opens on 15th March at The Courtyard Theatre , North London (N1 6EU).

I was delighted to attend an early rehearsal to take some photographs of the cast, Rosalind Blessed and Duncan Wilkins, in a script session with the director (Rupert Holloway) and in some some early scene shots.

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Rosalind and Duncan, script reading
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The director,  producer and set designer during the script work

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To give you an idea of the theme of the play  the following text is taken from their press release:  This is a dark comedy following the journey of a relationship, The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People is unafraid to ask the big questions like, “how do you clean a car full of dog sick with only a sad handful of damp serviettes?”.  

The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People is a sometimes harrowing story but it’s worth it if only because somebody in the audience will get a free drink.

Life isn’t easy but it helps to have a paw to hold throughout it all.

I have to say it was a real pleasure to see some of the scenes being acted out.  This a play with really fresh, accessible and contemporary feel.  It is a two hander: a format I love as you can really delve into the two character’s personalities and differences.

2016-03-12_0004One of the early scenes

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Rosalind & Duncan

Speaking of her work, Blessed says, “This is a play for anyone who has been in love, experienced heartbreak, or has had to get out of bed on a chilly night to let the bloody dog out for a pee – only to watch them sniff a pot plant for ten minutes, not pee, then want to come back in again.”

2016-03-12_0012Towards the end of my time with the cast and crew we took some pictures using some dramatic off-camera lighting to simulate a sunrise.

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The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People opens on 15th March at The Courtyard Theatre for a four week run.   You can buy tickets for this exciting production here.

 

All images © Theatre Photographer Adam Trigg.