Derbyshire writer’s comedies staged at Guildhall Theatre

Derby%20LIVE%20Arts%20Beat%20AdvertAfter the success of Derby LIVE’s productions of The Pros, The Cons and A Screw and the hilarious two-hander Mother Came Too, Derby LIVE has once again joined forces with local Derbyshire writer Tim Elgood to produce two comedies for Derby audiences. The Dog

House and Bare Words will be staged at Derby LIVE’s Grade II listed Guildhall Theatre from May 16-31.

The double bill, that will be Derby LIVE’s first in-house production since Spring 2012 when it produced The Taming of the Shrew, will also bring together three cast members that audiences may recognise from previous Derby LIVE productions.

Steven Blakeley (ITV’s Heartbeat, Much Ado About Nothing, Broken Hearted, Tim Elgood’s Mother Came Too), Laura Freeman (Much Ado About Nothing) and Sean O’Callaghan (Shining City, Mother Came Too and The Taming of the Shrew) return to the Guildhall Theatre in the two one-act plays.

The Dog House will reunite Steven and Sean in a Tim Elgood production, after a memorable joint performance in Mother Came Too.

Steven and Laura will star alongside each other once again in Bare Words, after performing in Derby LIVE’s first in-house production – Much Ado About Nothing in 2009.

Both Steven and Laura were born and raised in Derbyshire and attended Derby Playhouse Youth and Community Theatres.

Tim Elgood weaves humour, pathos and wit into two plays that have the common theme of entrapment – whether literally or psychologically. The Dog House is described by Tim Elgood as ‘a poignant comedy about a dog’s eye view of being rescued, homelessness and humans.’

It tells the story of Paddy, played by Sean, who is a permanent resident at the Mayday Dog Rescue Home – who, after he has had enough of his owners, ‘slung his hook’ and headed for pastures new.

He is tired of humans and wants to be left alone to live out his days in confinement. 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. He is joined by a collection of colourful inmates including the happy go-lucky Harry, played by Steven, and the fiery and temperamental Flash, played by Laura.

Bare Words stars Steven as a tortured writer battling with words, his muse, his mother and himself to create his next ’big success’.

Just a few minor obstacles stand between him and greatness. His flirtatious and tormenting muse is played by Laura who acts as his harshest critic and delights in playing with his insecurities to great comic effect.

The odds are stacked heavily against him. It is barely a fair contest. As the play comes to its conclusion you see Steven at his funniest and flustered best as he is criticised and tempted by Laura’s portrayal of his overtly sexual muse.

Derby LIVE’s Creative Producer Pete Meakin will direct the double-bill. Pete has previously directed Derby LIVE productions including The Merchant of Venice, Mother Came Too, Much Ado About Nothing, Broken Hearted and The Taming of the Shrew.

You can watch a trailer for the show here


Tickets are priced at £10.25 – £25.25, with concessions, group and school rates available.

They can be purchased through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at