Dogs are better than human beings...

Whisper #75

...because they know but do not tell

- Emily Dickinson

A grey and white dog
Theia.

Theia

Hello fellow devotees of 17th century drama!

I have been invited to explain how I intend to develop my role in The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, and the artistic processes I'm using to interpret my character… Basically, I will be relying on a combination of my innate Scottish grit, determination and special doggy treats.

Accent wise, I’m thinking Dame Maggie Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, sort of posh Scots. Obviously I will be working in close collaboration with my voice coach, but hopefully not too much of the 'braw bricht moonlicht nicht' stuff.

Crab (Mossup) the dog with Roger Morlidge (Lance) in The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2014
Mossup the Show Off!
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Although this is my first live theatre performance, I am fortunate to have the sisterly help and support of Mossup, who played Crab in the 2014 version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and also penned a Whispers From The Wings blog. Consequently she thinks that she knows everything, and is very free with her advice. I have decided to completely ignore her and pursue Stanislavski’s system instead. Should be interesting.

Well, dear readers, I apologise for the brevity of my first blog post. There will be plenty more to come, with (hopefully) some images of us taken in rehearsals... Did I mention there are two canine performers? I am joined on stage by Little Lossie and I have graciously allowed her to add a few words of her own at the bottom of the page (she is very young…).

For now, love and licks from Theia (cù mòr faltach).

A grey dog running against a white background
Lossie.

Lossie

Hello everyone… Lossie here!

I am sooooooo excited! I get to run around and dash about and I get yummy treats!

Love, Lossie xxx

Theia

Theia

Theia the Deerhound is four and a half years old. An experienced screen dog, she is making her theatre debut in The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich at the Swan Theatre, alongside her friend Lossie.

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