The Dog / The Cat

To bring the UK premiere of The Dog / The Cat to the London stage and help raise funds and awareness for the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 1:37pm 26th September 2018

This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 1:37pm 26th September 2018

Right Forward High Theatre in association with To The Moon is presenting the UK premiere of the The Dog / The Cat at The Hope Theatre from the 4th to the 22nd of September. A huge hit of the Australian theatre scene last year “this double bill of romantic comedy is hands-down the sharpest and most entertaining show we’ve seen at Belvoir this year” (Sydney Morning Herald).

From Brendan Cowell (Star of Yerma and Game of Thrones) and Lally Katz (one of Australia’s finest playwrights) comes The Dog / The Cat, a hilarious reinvention of the rom-com for the stage in a way that is completely beguiling and very, very funny.

The London debut of this romantic and comedic delight is set to be a big hit after two extended sell out seasons in Sydney.

We have partnered with The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to help raise awareness and funds for the tremendous work they do for displaced animals in our community.

The Dog / The Cat leans heavily on the theme that our canine and feline companions often serve as the best companions and comforters when dealing with life’s most difficult situations. By leveraging the impact of these themes on our audience, combined with planned activity with Battersea Dogs and Cats home, we hope to raise vital funds for the Battersea shelter. More importantly, we are aiming to change the perception of pet adoption by highlighting how adopting can greatly enhance the life of the adopter. Pet adoption has been identified as the most efficient way to have the greatest impact for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Right Forward High is a theatre company committed to the Professionally Made, Professionally Paid campaign, which ensures actors and theatre makers are not exploited or underpaid for their professional time and work. This is why we will be performing at The Hope Theatre, one of London’s most awarded fringe theatres, and the first theatre to reach an agreement committing to a legal wage for all performers.

Sponsorship of The Dog / The Cat will also help create vital work for young aspiring artists and help grow London’s Fringe theatre scene.

With writing by two of Australia’s best loved and most celebrated writers, an experienced and hilarious cast along with a director whose talent and experience is highlighted by a list of shows with exceptional reviews, we are certain that the extremely talented company of theatre makers we have put together will ensure the success of this show and the positive impact it will have on our audience and community

Bringing the The Dog / The Cat to life represents 12 months of hard work to deliver this exciting production. We are now at a critical stage putting the final pieces together and need your help with the final push!

We are aiming to raise £2000 to help with our marketing spend, cost of creatives and set design spend.

This sponsorship will help with things like:

Printing and design of promotional Material
PR Costs
Photography and video production
Prop and costume sourcing
 

THE SHOW

The Dog / The Cat is a delicious theatrical treat; a romantic comedy with real heart and genuine charm.

It’s the quintessential human story of sex, heartbreak, love, and dogs in a park, in fact, it could be called Two Men, One Woman, a Park and a Dog – because everyone knows that nothing breaks the ice like a cute dog. Brendan Cowell’s (star of Yerma, Life of Galileo) play The Dog paints a not-so-flattering portrait of the tricky line between friendship and romance, and of the insatiable appetite of Jack Russell terriers for the most disgusting things they can find.

Owning a cat is not easy. Co-owning a cat with your ex is less easy. Co-owning a smart-talking, irritable and meddling cat with your ex is pure comedy. Lally Katz (Back at the Dojo, Stories I Want to Tell You in Person) brings her trademark charm and surreal humour to The Cat.


WRITERS

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Brendan Cowell: is an Australian actor, screenwriter, comedian and director known perhaps best known in the UK for Game of Thrones and Yerma and much loved in Australia for his sharp, funny and observational writing which has won him several prestigious awards.
Brendan’s writing for Theatre includes: 
The Sublime (Melbourne Theatre Company) Happy New (Trafalgar Studios) Rabbit (Frantic Assembly) Ruben Guthrie (Belvoir St Theatre) Morph (Sydney Theatre Company)
Theatre includes: Life of Galileo (Young Vic); Yerma (Young Vic, London/Park Avenue Armory, New York); The Wild Duck (Barbican Theatre/UK Tour/Belgium & Perth Tour/Belvoir Sydney); Once in Royal David’s City; Miss Julie (Belvoir Sydney); The Dark Room (Company B); True West; Dissident, Goes Without Saying; Far Away; The Shape of Things; The Recruit (Sydney Theatre Company); Hamlet(Bell Shakespeare); Happy New; Men (Roguestar Productions/Old Fitzroy)
Writing for film and television includes: The Slap (BBC), Ruben Guthrie, Save Your Legs, The Outlaw Michael Howe, I Love U, Wasted On The Young
Television includes: Press; Game Of Thrones; Brock; The Let Down; Black Comedy; Soul Mates; Wastelander Panda; The Outlaw Michael Howe; The Borgias; Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War; The Slap; Underbelly Flies: The Man Who Got Away; Rush; Love My Way; Salem’s Lot; White Collar Blue; Fat Cow Motel; Life Support; Young Lions; Water Rats; Monster! 

Film includes: The Current War; Last Cab to Darwin; Broke; Observance; The Darkside; Save your legs!; Beneath Hill 60; I Love You Too; Three Blind Mice; Ten Empty; Noise; Suburban Mayhem; Deck Dogz; To End All Wars; The Monkey’s Mask; City Loop; Kick.

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Lally Katz: is one of Australia’s most produced and most loved writers with her shows having huge success at all of Australia’s main stages and her writing being nominated for numerous awards. She is best known for Neighbourhood Watch, A Doll's House and Stories I Want To Tell You In Person.

Lally’s writing for Theatre Includes: Atlantis; Minnie and Liraz; Back at The Dojo; The Rabbits; Stories I Want To Tell You In Person; Neighbourhood Watch; Waikiki Palace; A Doll’s House; Return To Earth, Eisteddfod, The Black Swan of Trespass,Goodbye Vaudeville Charle Mudd (Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Drama).

Writing for television includes: Spirited; Greg’s First Day; Wentworth Prison, Wonderland, The Elephant Princess


DIRECTOR

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Sharon Burrell: is an Offie nominated director (Old Fools, Southwark Playhouse) who trained as a theatre director at CityLit and was subsequently selected for Springboard, a training programme run by the Young Vic's Directors Network. As a producer she trained with Stage One and founded new writing company To The Moon in 2012.

Sharon's directing work includes Old Fools by Tristan Bernays (Southwark Playhouse), Claustrophobia by Jason Hewitt (Hope Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival); 'The Helen Project' (WOW Festival, Southbank Centre); The Merchant of Venice (Courtyard Theatre) which received praise for featuring a female Shylock. She has also directed several shorts at venues including the Park Theatre and The Arcola.

As producer, in addition to Old Fools and Claustrophobia, she has also worked on The Unbuilt City at the Kings Head Theatre, 5 female solo comedy shows at Edinburgh Fringe, spoken word / cabaret shows by Peta Lily and Ivy Davies (various venues, including Wilton’s Music Hall), and the monthly comedy / cabaret night Laugh or Cry at The Canvas.


CAST 

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Thomas Blackburne: Is an Australian/British actor and producer. Best known for Neighbours, SIlversun and Something In The Air.

Theatre Includes:Vieux Carre (45 Downstairs), Away (David Williamson Theatre), The Trojan Women (Theatreworks), Meant 4 Me (Scripts Alive). Credits Whilst training include Macbeth, Macbeth, Peter in The Cherry Orchard and Bundy/Mr Rushton in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (PATS Studio)

Television Includes: The Secret River; Neighbours; Killing Time; Something In The Air; Silversun; City Homicide; Rush; Blue Heelers; Childhood’s End; The Caterer; Guinevere Jones; Holly’s Heroes 
Film Includes: Spin Out; The Cup; Charlotte’s Web; Pity 24; Oranges Ned Kelly; The Bank

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Gemma Harvey: Drama Centre Alumni, Gemma is an actor, voiceover artist, theatre maker and writer. Hugely passionate about continuing to break the mould for women in theatre, she is co-founder of Loquitur Theatre - a company focusing on achieving greater gender balance throughout the industry.

Theatre Credits include: Little Pieces of Gold (Southwark Playhouse); Fémage à Trois (Theatre 503); Aladdin (Oxford Playhouse); Charming (Old Red Lion Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (The Rose Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); and The Streets of London (Vienna’s English Theatre).

Film/Television: Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Casualty (BBC), The Royal (ITV) and Don’t Let Him In (Coldwood Productions).

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Frederick Di Rosa: trained at the Guildford School of Acting and co-founded the improvised Shakespeare group ShakeItUp.

Theatre Includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Blenheim Palace); Antony and Cleopatra (Stockwell Playhouse); ShakeItUp Theatre (The Camden Fringe). Credits during training include MICHAEL in Festen; BORIS in The Cherry Orchard; BRUTUS in Julius Caeser

Film Includes: ‘GIORGIO’ Smoked.


DESIGN

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Chris McDonnell: Is an extremely talented young lighting designer who has already amassed an impressive amount of credits with renown Orange Tree Theatre. Chris has leant his def design and production skills to Orange Tree shows; Merchant of Venice, Kika's Birthday, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and Extra Yarn. Chris has also designed for Mouldy Grapes for Break the Verse, Thirty-Three for Red Scarf, as well as working on the UK tour of Spring King. Chris now brings his warmth and humility to The Cat / The Dog.

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Jodie Muncey: Is a brilliant musician and composer who has recently graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music where she studied a degree in Music. Since leaving the University, she has been composing for Production Companies such as Monkey Puzzle House and Pastelle Music, writing for film, advertisement and interactive media, entering catalogues used by companies such as Sky and ITV.

This is Jodie’s debut in composing and sound designing for a live theatre performance.

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

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Laura Weston:  As a performer, Laura has worked with choreographers Sarah Michaelson (New York), Athina Vahla (UK), Thomas Hauert (Belgium) touring nationally and internationally. As a choreographer and movement director she made work for Grimms Fairytales 2016 (Guildford Shakespeare Company), The Local Stigmatic(Heathcote Williams directed by Michael Toumey), Romeo and Juliet (Verona 2016 with Lindsay Kemp and Jaq Bessell) as well as supporting the main stage shows at the Guildford School of Acting. Laura's debut show as solo director (Don't) Touch Me was a sell out success at the Tristan Bates Theatre in July 2018.


We can't wait to show you this brilliant show!

Thank you for your support.

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