‘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’.
7th Sense Theatre Ltd is a registered company, founded in 2018 to create ‘class theatre, without the divide’.
They produce work for & about people whose stories go untold, give those audiences a voice, & most importantly, take those shows to them. They aim to provide a platform for artists to take risks & develop through collaboration, regardless of experience or class background. This reflects the class divide within 7th Sense, a duo that’s half working-class Welshman & half middle-class English girl.
7th Sense's first production MEMORY SOLDIER ran at Camden People’s Theatre, described as ‘A muscular yet sensitive depiction of a pervasive crisis’ (Jason Warren, International Director). In 2020 they were selected for Wildcard Theatre’s 4 OF A KIND scheme for ‘4 of the UK’s most exciting emerging companies’, and in 2021 received professional company mentorship from Oran Doyle (Les Enfents Terribles). Wildcard describe them as ‘an energetic, exciting & driven company, easily selectable with their passion for theatre & new writing’. CLASS ACTS: their first scratch festival to platform new work by working class writers and artists, ran at the Golden Goose Theatre in June 2022, involving 22 working-class artists and 10 new plays across 2 nights.
7th Sense develop their work alongside RECLAIM Project, a charity empowering the young working class, & are one of the founding arts organisations on their OUR SPACE Manifesto to make events, career opportunities and public spaces more accessible to working-class young people
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