We sneak a look into one of histories most famous characters with Philip Whitchurch's new play - Shakespeare, his wife & the dog. Set over the course of one night in their Stratford home we find the pair unable to sleep, the floor littered with Will's plays. Absent minded Will is considering retirement after a fruitful career but considers himself a failure. His long years spent apart from Anne have left her feeling angry and he is unable to bring his feelings to focus as he begins to put his affairs into order.
Not only has Whitchurch written this hour-long piece but he also stars as Will himself. His clever wordplay brings a perfect balance of sadness mixed with laughter in one swoop - his use of Shakespeare's speeches is rather clever and his years of performing at the RSC shine through. Sally Edwards gives a grand performance as strong, loving Anne, but there is also a vulnerable side to her. Her strength of character shines through as she encourages Will to write once again as together they prepare to face the future.
Rich storytelling performed wonderfully in the intimate space of the Playhouse Studio Theatre makes this little piece a fine production. Comedy and a little tragedy is thrown in as we hear some of the couple's own heartaches they faced over the course of their marriage.