A family affair from Rosalind Blessed

London theatre news: Friday 22 November 2019

Off-West End - Shows

Rosalind Blessed returns to the stage with two self-penned plays in a family affair - she performs alongside her mother, Hildegard Neil, with father Brian Blessed as executive producer.
Shows at Old Red Lion theatre

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Rosalind Blessed will perform alongside her mother, Hildegard Neil, in two self-penned plays.

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 from 7 January 2020 (more listings details below).

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.

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.

The show will be performed alongside Lullabies for the Lost in which 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 also feature 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).

Both productions explore Ms Blessed's 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.

Rosalind Blessed commented ...

"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."


Lullabies For The Lost:

Eight souls come together in their self-created limbo to tell their secrets as they desperately try to escape.

'Lullabies' looks at the struggles of modern mental health, exploring depression, social anxiety, childlessness, miscarriage, hoarding and eating disorders.

BUT, lullabies remains full of humour, understanding and ultimately hope.

Of course there is always a helping paw to hold when things become difficult.

The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People:

Following the journey of a relationship as it disintegrates.

The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People by Rosalind Blessed asks what causes a mind to unravel and why are we so slow to recognise the dangers lurking beneath our very roof.

This is not a story of monster and victim - how much easier would life be if things were so simple.

How can you know an abuser when they don't know themselves?

While our love for another human can so often be complicated and destructive, the simple, pure love of a dog for a human can shine a redemptive light in the darkest moment.


The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People:

Rosalind Blessed

Duncan Wilkins

Lullabies for the Lost:

Helen Bang

Liam Mulvey

Hildegard Neil

Chris Pybus

Duncan Wilkins

Rosalind Blessed

Nick Murphy

Chris Porter

Kate Tydman


The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People:

Director - Caroline Devlin

Designer - Anna Kezia Williams

Sound Designer - Matt Eaton

Lullabies for the Lost:

Director - Zoe Ford Burnett

Designer - Anna Kezia Williams

Sound Designer - Ella Wahlström


Old Red Lion Theatre

418 St John Street

London EC1V 4NJ


7 January to 1 February 2020


£16.50 (£12.50 concessions)

Previews £12.50 (£10 concessions)


Old Red Lion Theatre

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