‘Asbestos ceilings don’t break like glass’
After the death of SON’s Nan, SON returns to his hometown, but MAM’s boyfriend MIKE, not from the area, has other ideas about what’s best for them. As the town’s grip re-takes its hold, SON struggles to suppress his rising grief, tensions with MIKE intensify, and there can only be so long until the levy breaks. Lost, angry and broken, SON is forced to confront the question: can you ever truly leave the place you’re from?
Humour, warmth, unstereotyped working-class bite, charm and tenderness combine in DOG HAIR: the story of a working-class mother & son navigating grief and loss in the small industry-formed town that’s shaped them. Feeling trapped and separate from their home, DOG HAIR is about the struggle between place and identity, and how ‘No matter how far you go from home, you’ll always have dog hair on your clothes’.
Press & Reviews
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS WORK - PHILLIP JONES
London Theatre Review ★★★★★ 'Phillip Jones gives us an absolute masterclass in performance’
West End Best Friend ★★★★ 'Jones has a skilful self-awareness onstage, able to be incredibly truthful'
WINNER: It's My Shout: Best Actor 2017 for PACKAGED (BBC Wales)
NOMINEE: It's My Shout: Best Actor 2022 for SQUAT (BBC Wales)
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS WORK - SEVENTH SENSE THEATRE
Wildcard Theatre (Four Of A Kind 2020) - 'An exciting and driven company, easily selectable for our Artistic Development programme with their passion for theatre and new writing'
Jason Warren, International Director (MEMORY SOLDIER 2018) - 'A muscular yet sensitive depiction of a pervasive crisis'
Cast & Creative Team SON: Phillip Jones
MAM: Sarah Rickman
MIKE: Raphael Von Blumenthal
PLAYWRIGHT: Phillip Jones
PRODUCER: Rachel Thomas
DIRECTOR: Karan Desai
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Amy Tickner
STAGE MANAGER: Victoria Rose
Supported by Arts Council England