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Dog pound control to Major Tom

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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THIS Saturday Carn to Cove is presenting the only Cornish performance of a show which was a hit at last year's Edinburgh Festival.

For the making of the show, Victoria Melody explored championship dog showing with her basset hound and participated in beauty pageants as a contestant.

To complete the research for this show, the dog Major Tom went to Crufts and Victoria, at 34 and 5ft 4in, went to the Mrs England 2013 beauty pageant. She currently holds the title of Mrs Brighton.

Victoria unknowingly discovered that her dog had prize-winning potential at a charity dog show.

She seized the opportunity to access the subculture of this extraordinarily exclusive members-only club.

Major Tom's first championship show was a disaster. Feeling an overpowering sense of guilt about her dog being scrutinised, Victoria decided to put herself through the same process. Major Tom and Victoria immersed themselves in the obsessive and confusing realm of personal scrutiny as they participated as genuine contestants and aimed to win. This one-woman, one-dog show reflects on the British fascination with celebrities, beauty and winning. Victoria is performing the show on Saturday at 7.30pm at the Tolmen Centre, Constantine, near Falmouth. See www.crbo.co.uk

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