Mad Dogs & an Englishman

The Dog House and Bare Words by Tim Elgood

Until Sat 31 May 2014

Location: Guildhall Theatre

Suitable for ages 12+
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

About the event

A double dose of Elgood humour prescribed by Derby LIVE, featuring two one-act plays . . .

Sean O’Callaghan as Paddy

Steven Blakeley as Harry/Him

Laura Freeman as Flash/Her

The Dog House

It’s a dog’s life in the Mayday Dog Rescue Centre. It is certainly not a ‘Home’ from home. But that suits Paddy just fine. He was never keen on his home. So he took steps and is now a Mayday long term resident. His biggest problem is avoiding being offered a new home. Paddy can think of nothing worse than being ‘rescued’. He’s happy being in The Dog House.

Tim Elgood’s poignantly moving and heartily humorous ‘dog’s eye’ view of homelessness,
heartbreak and humans.

Bare Words

He is on the verge of writing a truly great one act play. Just a few minor obstacles stand between him and greatness. The director. The actors. The audience. His mother. And . . .the words.

Welcome to the heaven and hell of writing. Bare Words is the truthful and hilarious portrayal of a young writer’s tortuous face to face combat with his own creativity. The odds are stacked heavily against him. It is barely a fair contest.

Director Pete Meakin
Set Designer Andy Miller

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£24 - £9

Concessions: £22 - £9

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Reviews for Mad Dogs and an Englishman


"The trio are superb together, all confident in their own roles and working together to bring out the comedy and depth in Elgood’s writing." Steve Orme, British Theatre Guide

"A thoroughly enjoyable evening and a rare thing these days, a production that leaves you wanting more" Nigel Powlson, Burton Mail

The Dog House

"There are jokes and they are funny, but it is the tenderness that makes you smile."

Bare Words

"All writers will identify with it instantly"


Reviews for Tim Elgood and Derby LIVE's previous productions;

The Pros, The Cons and A Screw

"It’s altogether superb" The Stage

"A fabulous production which deserves captive audiences" British Theatre Guide

Mother Came Too

“Two actors, four characters and a five star review” BBC Radio Derby

"Audiences are invited to roll with the theatricality and are helped into the quick-changing nature of the show by the deftness of the playing and Elgood's highly-entertaining script" Derby Telegraph