Dead Letter Perfect in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of

Stray Dogs

By Olivia Olsen


Olivia’s work is sourced in dance and movement, which she did professionally before acting. 
As an actor she toured Britain, Poland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Slovenia and Croatia in Charles Dickens Hard Times.
Pivotal roles Olivia played influencing the writing of Stray Dogs were:
Cassandra in Agamemnon.  Rejected for speaking the truth.
Valentina in The Bay at Nice.  A painter living in Leningrad after the revolution.
Lettice in Lettice and Lovage.  Imagination verses fact.
Yana in Night Breath.  Bosnia during the civil war. 
Nijinsky Strings on a Rose.  Artist verses controller.
Olivia co-wrote and performed Dear Elephant with Gerry Trentham.  A poet silenced by catastrophe. The twenty-two character, one actor play, The Syringa Tree set in apartheid South Africa and performed in Canada, US and UK is her most beloved play. In the last years Olivia has toured a three hour telling of Parzival and toured Penelope – The Odyssey through her Eyes.  Both performed in the UK and Canada.

Theatre includes: 1984 (West End); Visitors (Oldham Coliseum); Time of My Life, Absurd Person Singular (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Orwell (Trafalgar Studios); Woman in Black (West End); Restoration (Salisbury Playhouse); Bedroom Farce (No 1 Tour); The Tempest (Liverpool Playhouse); Silence (Arcola Theatre); The Invention of Love, The Heiress, An Enemy of the People (The National Theatre, West End); The Fall Guy (Royal Exchange); Edward II (Sheffield Crucible); Disposing of the Body (Hampstead); What the Butler Saw (Hampstead, West End); Pocket Dream (York Theatre Royal); Beckett (West End); Victory (Théâtre de Genvilliers); Hamlet (Greenwich Theatre); Noises Off (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); School for Wives , Macbeth (English Touring Theatre); Doctor Faustus, Frankenstein (The Nuffield Southampton); The Atheist (Theatre503); Hangover Square, In Pursuit of the English (Lyric Hammersmith); Rookery Nook (Lyceum); Bodies (Newcastle’s Live Theatre) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Greenwich Theatre).

TV includes:  Survival of the Fittest, Manchild, Casualty, The Bill, Westbeach, Covington Cross and Crossroads.

Film includes: Rupert, Rupert and Rupert, School for Seduction and Young Blades.




Theatre includes: Breaking The Code (Salisbury Playhouse); Beneath the Blue Rinse (Kewpow Theatre); Love And Information (Sheffield Crucible); The Secret Theatre (Globe); Loot (PARK theatre); Travels with My Aunt (Citizens Theatre Glasgow); The Alchemist, Mad World My Master, Candide, The Roaring Girl, The Witch of Edmonton, Arden of Faversham (RSC); The Seagull (Regent’s Park); Robin Hood (Cambridge Arts); Our Country's Good (Out Of Joint); Brimstone And Treacle (Arcola); The Gatekeeper, Dr Faustus (Royal Exchange); Love The Sinner, Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre); Six Degrees Of Separation (Old Vic); All My Sons (Leicester Curve); Helen, Romeo & Juliet (Globe); She Stoops To Conquer, Free (National Theatre); Rita Sue And Bob Too, A State Affair, Some Explicit Polaroid, Our Country's Good (Out of Joint); Bruises, Built on Sand (Royal Court) 

As well as series regular Keith Appleyard in Coronation Street and Ken Raynor in Eastenders, Ian’s Television credits include:Casualty, Strike, King Charles III, New Tricks, Doctors, Derailed, House of Elliot, Bergerac, One Foot in the Grave, Moon and Son, The Mens Room (BBC); Emmerdale (Yorkshire tv); The Devil’s Whore (channel 4); Heartbeat (ITV prod.); Foyle’s War (Greenlit Prod.)

Film includes: The Man With The Iron Heart; Mary And Martha; The Legend Of Boogeyman 4; The Trial Of The King Killers; She Stoops To Conquer; Trial By Fire; I.D. ; Remains Of The Day; Just Like A Woman; Three Men And A Little Lady; The Great Escape