Restoration Dogs is a transformative period piece containing aspects of parody of the cult film Reservoir Dogs (1992). In this transformative work, eight criminals plot to steal the Crown Jewels of the British throne under the rule of King Charles II . The setting is London 1671. This is based on the factual incident which happened at the Tower of London on May 9th 1671. Colonel Thomas Blood an Irishman, (later called 'Sir Lavender') is an the proud 'inside man' with the plot. Being one of the most wanted men in England in 1670 for other crimes and plots both carried out and foiled. He later became known as 'The Man Who Stole The Crown Jewels.'

We now 'transform' and keep pace with the style of theatre in vogue during the Restoration, (1660-1730) known as the Restoration Stage. This style and genre included dramas of intrigue and most famously, Restoration Comedies which made much fun of the style, social mores, and of the stock characters found in that time as reflected in the plays. All of these are found in Restoration Dogs.

The Restoration Theatre came out of an era in which, under Puritan rule, all theatre was banned for 18 years from 1642 to 1660. When King Charles II was 'restored' to the throne, (hence the term 'Restoration'),theater, music, and the arts flourished. The trendsetting mindset had begun. In Restoration Dogs, the men and women parody what is considered 'cool' in their time. Fashion, gossip, mannerisms and wit by which they raise their status are reflected here. It is not surprising then, that the Restoration style grew out of, in part, the works of Moliere and others in France during this period of enlightenment under King Louis XIV. Moliere's plays held up a mirror to society. In 1662 King Charles II endorsed the theater as "useful and instructive."

The text of this story is in iambic pentameter (rhyming) verse as are Moliere's plays. In addition, prose is used along with all the slang found in the original works of this time period. Again, parodying the 1992 film with it's clever use of slang and wit.

The story is told, in part, by the two Town Gossips, Lady Mumble News and Lady Long Tongue. Jodelet Godot, a former Executioner at the Tower of London, is now the most mercurial of wanted criminals in England. Upon executing King Charles the First, he fled to Ireland and became the most reclusive crime boss to operate in both Paris and London. Godot finds out later that his crimes as a 'hit-man' for King Charles the First have condemned him by the former King's son, Charles II restored (in 1660) to the throne. The new King, condemned Godot as part of many reconciliations to the people, to show that a new order had arrived. Jodelet Godot made many famous getaways and left the law enforcers always waiting for Godot. During his self imposed exile, he raises a son Edward born in Pleasance (France) and will later be known as 'Pleasant Edward'. Edward Godot grows up in a life of wealth from crime but does not have the gravity of his father Jodelet. Victor Vauxhall, known as 'Hair Pick Vic' is Godot's estranged other son and Edward's half brother, and has just been released from a prison at Newgate having served 'four long years' and despite being tortured never told about his alliance with the infamous Godot. Later, he will be known as 'Sir Chartreuse' in our story.

On parole, Vic teams up with Godot and his son Pleasant Edward, and Thomas Blood for 'the biggest caper ever in the history of English Kings.' Godot picks the best rogues of London he can find with little or no infamy to secure the secret nature of his plan. All precautions are taken.

...Or are they?

The King's Royal Guard has long wanted to capture Godot and has put their best undercover spy on it, Mr. Oldendyke (later known as Sir Or'ange). Because Godot believes him an exile criminal from Amsterdam, from the intricate story he weaves to gain their confidence.

His long term loyal liaison in London, is Lawrence Loyale ('Sir Opaque'). Mr. Loyale is literally the man we think we all know, but if fact he is hard to see through. Two other 'sharpers' Godot hires are: 'Sir Indigo' and 'Sir Ochre' condemned men that Godot has escaped from prison through his connections. They have no past and no future to anyone unless they help carry out the crime and it succeeds. In effect "Sir Indigo and Sir Ochre are dead."

Although the identity of these rogues is not known to each other, ("all the names are pretend") we find that there is a 'rat' within their midst. The two town gossips, acting as our 'Greek Chorus' tell us the details as the thick plot unfolds.