DogOrange: imaginative retellings of classic stories and flights of fancy.
Director Matthew Parker formed DogOrange Ltd in 2009 and was Artistic Director until it’s final production in 2015; the European premiere of Lovesong of the Electric Bear at The Hope Theatre. DogOrange’s debut production was Matthew’s adaptation of the Chekhov short story Ward No.6, which played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving an excellent response including a Best Ensemble nomination at The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence.
Next was a sell out reimagining of Franca Rame and Dario Fo’s A Woman Alone which marked DogOrange’s London debut at the Jack Studio Theatre in the autumn of 2010. 2011 opened with a sell out revival of Ward No. 6 at the Camden People’s Theatre (Time Out CRITIC’S CHOICE) and was followed with another revival, this time a haunting retelling of J. M. Barrie’s Mary Rose at the Jack Studio. This production transferred to the Riverside Studios in Spring 2012 in association with Midnight (12AM) Productions and Darbourne Luff.
Cas Hodges joined as company Producer at the start of 2013 for the revival of James Saunders’ absurdist classic A Scent of Flowers, which marked a return to the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, where Matthew was Associate Director. The sell-out production garnered 5 star reviews.
DogOrange became Associate Company at the Jack Studio Theatre in 2014 and their first production under their new associateship was an adaptation of The Cherry Orchard by Writer’s Guild Award winner Brendan Murray in 2014. DogOrange’s final production was Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong of the Electric Bear for which Matthew was nominated as Best Director at the Off West End Awards. The show went on to win 2 Off West End Awards (Best Sound and Supporting Male) and transferred to the Arts Theatre, West End. The play was published by Bloomsbury and can be purchased here.
- to create fresh and inventive interpretations of classic texts
- to make the audience laugh when they would expect to cry and the other way round
- to explore the beautiful absurdity of the human condition
- to challenge the actors’ skills and the audience’s imagination
- to use dance and music as an integral part of the storytelling
- to collaborate with talented emerging artists and professionals