Theatre Review of LUST’s ‘Dogfight’
The piece took place in America on the day of November 21, 1963 – the night before a group of young marines are deployed to the war-torn Vietnam. The story focuses on one soldier who, over the course of the production, learns the importance of compassion after playing a cruel joke on a young, local girl. She rewrites the rules of the “dogfight” and teaches him the power of peace. It touched on the controversial views on feminism and the effect the war has on soldiers (which fitted perfectly with their charity of the evening Combat Stress who help support members of the Armed Forces struggling with mental health problems).
One of the most beautiful elements of this play was the amount of emotion that the actors were able to portray and this was clear to see throughout. The cast touched on emotions of love, fear and desperation and particular credit needs to go to David Nagaj, Catherine Kenny and Mary Hanna for their incredible performances during such highly emotive scenes on such personal and sensitive topics.
The war scene was very effective and the tech and lighting teams, led by Thomas Beresford, deserve a special mention for helping to create the drama and emotion in the scene that could be felt and seen on stage and off. The cast perfectly melded together moments of comedy and drama simultaneously. Another mention has to go to the use of props and choreography (created by Frankie Fleming), particularly in one scene, where the use of guns and nothing more proved effective in developing a threatening atmosphere.
The cast perfectly captured the period through costume, setting and most impressively, accents, which held strong the whole way through. The vocals remained clear the whole way through- whether it was as a solo with little accompaniment or a whole cast number with the amazing band supporting them (led by Musical Directors, Emily Magee and Emily Chinn). It was a thought-provoking play about our responsibilities to others and society and the values we should hold on to.
A huge congratulations should go to the co-directors, Fergus O’Sullivan and Charlotte Lee, for creating such a moving and haunting piece that left the audience stunned. The team work between everyone who formed a part of the musical was evident and if you don’t want to miss your opportunity to see this stunning performance by our very own LUST, then make sure you grab tickets to see them in their final performance on Saturday 14th April: Click here to buy Tickets
If you’d rather see something more light-hearted featuring the music of Madness, then be sure to go and see LUST’s production of ‘Our House’ coming to the Stanley Theatre for April 26th, 27th and 28th. Tickets are on sale now: Click here to buy Tickets
Feature image courtesy of Liverpool University Student Theatre.