November 2018 News: Looking forward to two gigs this month. First up is a double bill with the Border Poets at Clungunford Village Hall on Friday 23rd. November. 7.00 for 7.30, admission £10 to include a free glass of wine or soft drink. The poets will be reading from their new anthology, Wolf Hoard (rather appropriate) and I'll be doing the show in the second half. It promises to be a great night. Then, on Tuesday 27th November, I've been invited to perform Music For Dogs at the Rotary dinner at the Lord Hill hotel in Shrewsbury. 'Tis all go! Oh, and I've been invited back to Wolverhampton Literary Festival (in February 2019) to do the show as part of their Fringe Day. (Thank you, Emma Purshouse.) That will be at 3.00pm on February 2nd, which will clash with Ireland v England, the opening match in the 2019 Six Nations. The things I sacfrifice for art! Don't anyone tell me the score...
A one-off performance of MFD on SATURDAY 12th MAY 13.00
At the DARWIN COMMUNITY CENTRE, FRANKWELL, SY3 8JS.
The performance is free, with voluntary donations to Save The Children, and will follow a workshop by Marion Molteno on "Does Literature Matter?" The free workshop is the first step in a process that will lead to the publication of an anthology of writing from Shropshire writers of all ages and genres.
Contact project co-ordinator Tim Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details about the workshop. You woudl be most welcome to attend one or both events.
Music For Dogs - a funny and moving account of how one woman accidentally makes a fortune
Music for Dogs, a black comedy written by award-winning Irish poet and playwright Paula Meehan and performed by Irish actress Carol Caffrey, is set during Ireland’s Celtic Tiger years. The action takes place on Dublin’s Burrow Beach as a woman, Jane MacDonald, records a message for her estranged brother and sister. Janey’s story describes the very funny - if somewhat dubious - means by which she came to make the fortune she is leaving to her siblings. Though the context of Janey’s personal tragedy is a dark one, her essential humanity and joy in life are very much to the fore.
"Music for Dogs is absolutely riveting... The script is so poetic... Carol Caffrey is brilliant... It's the best kind of play... great writing and wonderful performing." BBC Radio Scotland. Listen to the full review on the "About" page.
Irish Post, Music for Dogs – a moving and powerful piece of theatre ****
Music for Dogs is a great, well-written piece... with a revealing poetic narrative. At times very funny at others sad, I had tears in my eyes... Carol Caffrey is a consummate actor. I highly recommend it. Wendy Thomson,
Female Arts ****
New performances coming in 2018!
January 12 & 13 in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Lunchtime Theatre returns to Shrewsbury in the beautiful surroundings of Shrewsbury Museum. Friday 12 and Saturday 13 January from 1.10 - 1.50 pm
Tickets available from Visitor Centre at the Museum 01743 258888 or email
THEN, Saturday 27th January at 11.30 AM in the Lych Gate Tavern, Wolverhampton
Music For Dogs is proud to be part of WOLVERHAMPTON LITERATURE FESTIVAL. Voluntary donation on the door.
Image copyright Dick Keely.