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Lucky Dog

"What Butler unerringly pins down is the way the loss of a child - a grown-up son - exposes the frailties of a loveless marriage."

First Published: Metheun Drama, London, 2004
First produced: Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 14 May 2004
Themes: Mythology.
Parts: 2 male, 1 female

Synopsis: Lucky Dog finds itself split into two parts. The first part, set in a modern day Sheffield and the second, mute in comparison, abroad more than a year later. The play shows the lives of an older couple named Sue and Eddie and the loneliness and separation they feel when their only son has left the marital house. The strangest, if not central part of the play is where married Sue acts like a dog and growls and barks at her husband.

Helpful Hint:
Lucky Dog is not available in Adsetts unfortunately but is available at the public library using the search portal found on: http://library.sheffield.gov.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=M057WUHlSw/CL/128330004/49

Butler has said that he was inspired by the image of a woman turning into a dog and had the title and that image long before the play or narrative. He says that he had written several scenes involving that image and title before he found the Christmas setting and found he could write the play.”



Reviews:
There are many noisier plays around but few capture so well the marital state summed up by Beckett as "alone together, so much shared." - The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2004/may/20/theatre1
Lucky Dog is an intricate and difficult play in that the pieces of the broken relationship do not easily fit back together. The first impression is that what you have witnessed is merely soap through a prism of great dialogue. But as you reassemble the fragments of the evening, Butler reveals himself as a writer of prescience and subtlety. It's a play that stays with you. - The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/lucky-dog-royal-court-upstairs-london-6169110.html
Lucky Dog may just be a slice of not very lively life. Alternatively, it is possible that Sheffield is Sue's beach nightmare following her departure or Spain her dream of happiness. - British Theatre Guide https://sites.google.com/site/playwrightencyclopedia/leo-butler/lucky-dog

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