“Where you go, old friend? Long time, now. What was so bad you couldn’t tell your best friend about it? After everything we been through? Maybe you tell me ‘bout it one of these days, hey? I’m waiting.”
Written by Anna Glynn & Carmen Harris
Directed by Anna Glynn
Music and Sound Design by Robin Colyer
NO DOGS is a combined audio drama and animations project funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Winston visits Dermot’s grave each year on his old friend’s birthday. Tending the plot, he reminisces, and Winston is sure Dermot responds, the vividity of their shared memories seemingly overcoming death itself. Together, they revisit the colour and vivacity of their hopeful start in post-war England, and the bringing together of their families, one Irish, one Jamaican, in a single household. But when it comes to Dermot’s sudden departure from Winston’s life, the grave falls silent, and what took place so many years before remains a mystery. That is, until a familiar woman appears at the graveside for one final farewell.
Flintlock Theatre presents a sparkling audio play by Carmen Harris (Eastenders, Windrush Monologues: Soon Gone, BBC) and Anna Glynn (Four Score Years and Ten, Theatre Royal Winchester; Don Q, Flintlock Theatre) in a celebration of the communities who rebuilt Britain. NO DOGS explores the shared and contrasting experiences of Jamaican and Irish immigrants to the UK, in a story inspired by community interviews that explores what it means to be British and asks: once we’ve left one home, how long does it take to truly find another?
Stream it here for free from 19 Sept 2022
NO DOGS LAUNCH Q&A
Wed 27 SEPt 2022
Co-writers Carmen Harris and Anna Glynn discuss the process of creating NO DOGS and the ongoing complexities of identity and ‘Britishness’, with questions from a live audience in person and online.
Hosted by Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford. Details and tickets coming soon
NO DOGS ANIMATIONs were made in partnership with MDX Animation, drawing on extracts from interviews with people from Irish and Jamaican communities across the southeast.
NO DOGS Trailer