Playing at The Theatre
Wed 7th Oct
"No Blacks. No Irish. No Dogs. That’s what the signs said. And here we are, fifty years later.
I’m Jamaican. You’re Irish. Both British. But ain’t got no home anywhere. Not anywhere."
Two families arrive in London in 1960, one Jamaican, one Irish, in search of streets they were promised were paved with gold. Winston and Audrey dream of jobs in the city, a house in the suburbs, and a white picket fence; Dermot wants to be free of the Catholic Church and Bridget mostly just wants to go home. Thrown into one another’s lives by circumstance, the Grants, the O’Connnors and their offspring dream big, work hard and do the best they can in this great new Britain. But will it be all they dreamt of? And when a racist backlash begins, will their hard-fought Britishness be worth all that’s lost?
No Dogs is based on interviews with members of Afro-Caribbean and Irish communities accross the South East. Featuring an evocative soundrack and Flintlock’s inventive, high-energy storytelling, No Dogs explores what it means to leave, what it means to arrive, and asks: who is allowed to become truly British, and, when we look for home, where can we find it?
Cast & Creative
Created by Anna Glynn
Co-Writers Carmen Harris & Anna Glynn
Director Anna Glynn
Assistant Director Amelia Thornber
Composer/Sound Designer Robin Colyer
Lighting Designer William Alder
Take Part Facilitator Mumba Dodwell
Produced by Flintlock Theatre