Having performed at Guildford Fringe since 2014, Lucky Dog are now a popular and recommended fixture of this festival and their shows tour to festivals and theatres throughout the country.
Lucky Dog Theatre Productions is a professional company from Surrey. It consists of actors Tony Carpenter and Philip Hutchinson. ‘Mr Merrick, The Elephant Man’ is being staged in The Keep pub, Castle Street, Guildford
Joseph Merrick (better known as The Elephant Man) is possibly the most famous ‘freak’ in history. Many stage plays and the popular film have told a romantic and often fictional account of his story. ‘Mr Merrick, The Elephant Man’ is the first play to actually only deal with the known facts about Merrick’s final years in The London Hospital, Whitechapel and his complicated relationship with his doctor, Frederick Treves.
With a cast of just two, the use of interactive video projections and a soundtrack consisting entirely of actual Victorian recordings, the popular Lucky Dog Theatre Productions bring their acclaimed play from 2015 back to Guildford.
Painstakingly researched and written with the support of Merrick’s biographer, expect to be enlightened and moved by the stirring true story of ‘the most remarkable human being ever to draw the breath of life’.
We have here the tears of the clown, a melancholy gentleness and a sense of held in pain and anguish. Carpenter is wholly believable as Merrick. He uses physicality, in face, in hands, in bodily movement extremely well. This is a bold production that doesn’t hurry and holds the attention strongly. Hutchinson’s research is top drawer. It’s a unique bit of theatre. (FringeReview)
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