A family have moved to rural Northern Ireland; the mother and father live an isolated existence, with the mother suffering from serious mental health issues. Her husband has to look after her, catering to her sudden whims and tantrums. All they seem to have are their three beloved dogs for company. Their son Johnny studies history at university and the play begins as he comes home, unwillingly, to visit.
The writing is masterful, the performances strong, and the play really comes into its own in the second half. For a tragic, complex insight into mental illness and how it can tear families apart, go to see The Dogs of War.