ANNA ROBI

& THE HOUSE

OF DOGS

Duration

1 hr

Cast

1 M

2 F 

Anna Robi & the House of Dogs is a one-act play about the twisted relationship between a bed-bound, guilt-tripping mother and her captive daughter, Anna, in a house overrun by in-bred dogs. It's a play about Anna's search for something pure amid pure filth. It's a play about domestics, dogs, and sex.

 

Originally commissioned by La Boite Theatre Company in 2006, this play has been developed with the Australian Theatre for Young People through the Fresh Ink Program in 2008. An excerpt was presented at the ASSITEJ Festival in Adelaide in 2008. 

A successful season played at the Old Fitz theatre in Sydney at the end of 2010. It was read by MKA theatre in Melbourne as part of their month-long season of play-readings in 2010. In 2011, the cast and creatives remounted the play as part of Brisbane Festival's Under the Radar program. In 2015, it was produced for the Adelaide Festival by Gobsmacked Theatre.

Most impressive of all is Mellor’s writing – brutal, shocking, disgusting, surprising and visceral- she goes there. This isn’t some soft and comfortable domestic Australian story – this is big. Epic observations on gender, sex, lust, men, female urges, mother/daughter dynamics, female body parts, masturbation, dependency, fantasy.

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The script is cruel, coarse, sexually blatant and darkly funny and does not flag as both mother and daughter trade blow for blow in what seemed at times a newly minted, female version of the old English classic comedy, Steptoe and Son.

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