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Mutts at the Latvian Centre

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A tail of life behind bars
Johnny Grim is one of Perth's best playwrights and a premiere of one of his plays is always a treat. His latest is being produced by ARENAarts.

Mutts, Jonny Grim, Jane Sherwood, Latvian Centre
It's a dog's life for plenty of pooches when they end up in the pound in the world premiere of Mutts. (Photo by Bree Vreedenburgh)

Mutts is the story of nine dogs of indeterminate breed who are all in the pound facing a highly uncertain future. Some will be adopted, others will not. And those that are not ...

Director Jane Sherwood: "John writes wonderful dialogue and in this script he has created a series of characters that, despite the fact they're dogs, are easy to relate to. Their stories have so many parallels to what us humans go through at various stages of our lives."

Mutts, Jonny Grim, Jane Sherwood, Latvian Centre
Measles (Jacob Duggar) and Molly (Rachael Maher) ponder their future in Mutts (Photo by Bree Vreedenburgh)

Mutts has some unique staging problems, not least of which is finding nine actors who could be convincing canines. "At the same time, they still needed to be able to present interesting characters," Sherwood said. "Added to that, the story takes place in two cages at the dog pound, which greatly restricts movement.

"As a director, this presents many challenges to ensure it remains interesting for the audiences. I have encouraged the cast to spend as much time as possible observing dogs and we have dogs at rehearsals.

"We're all having a wonderful time bringing the dogs to life with rehearsals full of barks, tail-chasing and sniffing."

Mutts plays at 8pm, August 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 with 2pm matinees August 10 and 17. Tickets are $20, $16 concession or $15 each for groups of 10 or more book on 9497 5140 or online.

The Latvian Centre Theatre is at 60 Cleaver Terrace, Belmont.

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Why? In for a Penny, in for the Pound
When: 2pm and 8pm
Phone: 9497 5140
Where: LC Theatre, 60 Cleaver Terrace, Belmont
Cost: $20 and $16 (Concession)
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