Mad Dogs and Englishmen at Derby Assembly Rooms''Photo by Robert Day
Mad Dogs and Englishmen at Derby Assembly Rooms''Photo by Robert Day

Derby LIVE is presenting a double bill of plays by Derbyshire writer Tim Elgood at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre from May 16-31.

After the success of Derby LIVE’s productions of The Pros, The Cons and A Screw and the hilarious two-hander Mother Came Too, Derby LIVE has once again joined forces with Tim Elgood.

Under the umbrella title of Mad Dogs And An Englishman, the plays - The Dog House and Bare Words - will be Derby LIVE’s first in-house production since spring 2012, when it produced The Taming of the Shrew, the Derby LIVE Youth Theatre production, Children of Hercules, and the co-production with New Perspectives Theatre Company, The Honeyman.

Audiences can expect a double dose of Elgood humour in two one-act plays…

In The Dog House, it’s a dog’s life in the Mayday Dog Rescue Centre. It is certainly not a ‘Home’ from home. But that suits Paddy just fine. He was never keen on his home. So he took steps and is now a Mayday long term resident.

His biggest problem is avoiding being offered a new home. The Dog House is a poignantly moving and heartily humorous ‘dog’s eye’ view of homelessness, heartbreak and humans.

The second play is called Bare Words. He is on the verge of writing a truly great one act play. Just a few minor obstacles stand between him and greatness. The director. The actors. The audience. His mother. And . . . the

words. Welcome to the heaven and hell of writing.

Mad Dogs And An Englishman reunites three actors familiar to audiences from previous Derby LIVE productions.

Steven Blakeley (ITV’s Heartbeat, Much Ado About Nothing, Broken Hearted, Tim Elgood’s Mother Came Too), Laura Freeman (Much Ado About Nothing) and Sean O’Callaghan (Shining City, Mother Came Too and The Taming of the Shrew) return to the Guildhall Theatre in the two one-act plays.

The Dog House will reunite Steven and Sean in a Tim Elgood production, after a memorable joint performance in Mother Came Too.

Steven and Laura will star alongside each other again in Bare Words, after performing in Derby LIVE’s first in-house production – Much Ado About Nothing in 2009.

Both Steven and Laura were born and raised in Derbyshire and attended Derby Playhouse Youth and Community Theatres.

Writer Tim Elgood said: “Both plays were particularly poignant subject matters. The Dog House was an issue close to my heart. My wife and I have ‘owned’ three dogs during our marriage – and all three of them have been ‘Rescues’.

“Bare Words’ is the proverbial ‘emotional striptease’. Is writing fun? Only when it’s written.

“I am indebted to Derby LIVE and in particular to Pete Meakin, who has now directed so many of my plays. He is a constant source of encouragement and inspiration.”

Tickets are priced at £10.25-£25.25, with concessions, group and school rates available. Call the box office on 01332 255800.