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Sedos present Dogfight at Bridewell Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEDOS is presenting a new production of the award-winning musical Dogfight at the Bridewell Theatre – from March 6 to March 10, 2018.

The musical, which has book by Peter Duchan and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is based on the 1991 movie of the same name starring River Phoenix.

Before creating the Tony Award-winning sensation Dear Evan Hansen, Pasek and Paul delivered the heartbreaking and beautiful musical Dogfight, which premièred Off-Broadway in 2012, and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and was nominated for five Outer Critics’ Circle Awards and one Drama Desk Award in 2013.

Dogfight is set in San Francisco on November 21, 1963, the eve of the Kennedy assassination. The majority of the show takes place in the final hours of an age of American innocence that will quickly dissipate. This innocence is depicted by a group of young Marines who set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery: booze, tattoos and the dogfight.

The rules of the dogfight are simple and cruel: each marine pays in $50, and the marine with the ugliest date wins. But, when one of these Marines, Eddie Birdlace, meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he invites to join him that night, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and kindness.

Co-Directors Zoë Dobell and Peter Shimmin said: “The story of Dogfight is touching, shining a light on US Marines sent to fight the Vietnam War. They are young men, taught that they are invincible, that they will fight for American freedom, and return as heros. They leave America cocky as ever after arranging a cruel, objectifying game, hurting girls who would later become their only friends in the world. In this post-Weinstein world, it is crucial to highlight the dangers of a misogynistic mindset and the aura of toxic masculinity that affect so many people today.“

This emotional journey depicts the blissful ignorance of youth, compassion in the face of cruelty and the ability to find true inner strength and acceptance despite the brutality of life and war.

The cast includes Joe McWilliam (as Eddie Birdlace), Lauren Clarke (Rose Fenny), Luke James Leahy (Boland), Nick Dore (Bernstein), Kate Gledhill (Marcy) and Dan Saunders (Lounge Singer).

Male supporting cast are Chris Foxwell, Adrian Hau, Matt Morden and Josh Yeardley and the female supporting cast are Laura Ellis, Sarah Johnson, Charlotte Levy, Louisa Roberts and Penny Rodie.

Dogfight is directed by Zoë Dobell and Peter Shimmin, with musical direction by Will Sharma, set design by Robert J. Stanex, costume design by Deborah Lean, lighting by Olly Levett and sound by Adam Lockett.

NB: Dogfight contains adult themes and strong language.