The Dogs of War

by thedogsofwarplay in London

We did it
On 14th May 2015 we successfully raised £350 with 6 supporters in 14 days

The world premiere of Tim Foley’s brave dark comedy at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington 26 May - 20 June.

by thedogsofwarplay in London

New stretch target


We have stretched the target so we can further raise the quality for the set and costume. Cleopatra is going to be glorious! There are still REWARDS available so if you would still like to support the production then please continue reading...



Robin Rayner, David Adkin and TREMers are producing the world premiere of Tim Foley’s new dark comedy The Dogs of War, which has been offered a four-week run at the prestigious Old Red Lion Theatre in London. We are raising additional funds to go towards the set and costume design allowing us to create a first class production that will transport the audience far away from Islington and to the rural countryside of Derry, Northern Ireland.

Producer Robin Rayner and director Tom O’Brien are thrilled to be returning to the venue following the success of their critically acclaimed production of The Fastest Clock in the Universe back in 2013. They are collaborating with WhatsOnStage award winning producer David Adkin, designer Libby Todd, lighting designer Tom Kitney and sound designer David Gregory. The excellent cast includes Richard Southgate, best known for his roles in Spring Awakening (West End), Skins (Channel 4) and Young Dracula (BBC) along with Maggie O'Brien, Paul Stonehouse and Melanie McHugh.

One of the major themes discussed within the work is mental health. The play looks at the perception of mental illness and the people who are affected by it. We are pleased to announce that for Mental Health Awareness Week, we will be hosting a Charity Gala on 11th May with live music, comedy and a discussion about mental health awareness within the arts.

With research recently demonstrating that 1 in 4 people in the Performing Arts are affected by mental illness, we are proud to be raising money throughout the run for Rethink, a charity that was established in order to offer advice, raise awareness and alter perceptions.



The design for this play pushes the boundaries of what is usually feasible at a small theatre such as the Old Red Lion. Libby Todd has designed something extremely special that would not usually be seen on the London fringe. Without giving too much away, we wanted to create the world as seen through the eyes of leading character Johnny. There will be sloping floors, slamming doors, pixelated walls, boiling kettles and of course, some invisible dogs… In order for us to create the wonderful set, costumes and props to the standard that we believe this production deserves we need an additional £300 in our budget. Any more financial support beyond this will be used to push the quality even further to incredible heights...

We will already be spending £800 on the materials to build the structure, the transportation of set pieces, building supplies, furniture and a large selection of green paint. With an additional £300 we will:

Hire a professional joiner to complete the building of the set.

Purchase black, white and brown paint.

Pay a scenic artist to assist during the get-in.

Purchase a selection of items for set dressing.

When we raised money for The Fastest Clock in the Universe it meant we could better the quality of our visual production - and this was recognised in reviews across the board and helped raise the production's media profile. This additional money will do the same thing for The Dogs of War.



For Tim Foley's production of Meat:

"Tim Foley is an exceptional talent." ***** Broadway Baby

"A succulent satire...dark, comical, critical." ***** Three Weeks

For Philip Ridley's The Fastest Clock in the Universe:

"An outstanding revival. Director Tom O'Brien's production is disturbingly, inescapably sexy." ***** Fourth Wall Magazine

"A very classy revival." Time Out



We can offer you anything from a simple thank you on the website to a signed programme and a meet and greet with the cast to a pair of tickets for Press Night. Check out all the rewards we have on offer!



Producer - Robin Rayner is an independent theatre producer and producer for TREMers. He has produced the sell-out 21st anniversary production of The Fastest Clock In The Universe (Old Red Lion), FABRIC (workshop), Oil & Trouble (Arts Council funded workshop), The Confession Room (St. James Studio) amongst others and has been associate producer on 'Our Friends, The Enemy' (UK Tour) and 'Next Fall' starring Charlie Condou (Southwark Playhouse).

Producer - David Adkin is an award-winning producer and General Manager. Current/recent credits include: 'Giovanni' for Silent Opera (Vaults); 'Next Fall' starring Charlie Condou (Southwark Playhouse); the critically acclaimed sold out run of 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' starring David Bedella - Winner of Best Off West End Production at the 2015 Whatsonstage Awards (Twickenham Theatre); 'Little Shop of Horrors' (Stowe) and 'Our Friends, The Enemy' (UK Tour).

Writer - Tim Foley has written four fully produced plays: ‘Newton’s Cauldron’, ‘Scene of The Titans’, ‘The Goddess of Walnuts’ and ‘Meat’, which won the Zebra EdFringe Award in 2012. The Dogs of War marks his London Debut.  

Director - Tom O’Brien has directed ‘The Wedding Singer’ (The Lowry), the critically acclaimed 21st anniversary production of 'The Fastest Clock In The Universe' (Old Red Lion), The UK tour of ‘Our Friends, The Enemy’ which is transferring to New york City this November and ‘Judy, The Righteous’ (King’s Head). 

Designer - Libby Todd has designed 'The Wedding Singer' (The Lowry), Hostage Song (Finborough Theatre), Life Lessons (The Watermill Theatre), Othello (Riverside Studios), Trojan Women (Brockley Jack Studio) and Iron (Old Red Lion).


Please support us and become a part of something that will entertain audiences and push boundaries even further!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you for believing in The Dogs of War on the official website

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A ticket to see the production during previews. A thank you for believing in The Dogs of War on the official website

£50 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

TWO tickets to previews. A signed programme. A meet and greet with the cast. A thank you for believing in The Dogs of War in the programme and on the official website

£75 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£75 Reward

TWO tickets to Press Night and drinks on 29th May. TWO signed programmes. A thank you for believing in The Dogs of War in the programme and on the official website

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