The Dug Out

Commissioned by Splice Theatre, 2013.
Published by Samuel French

Photo: Toby Farrow

“Tick-tock-tick-tick …. the future is now, man, it’s now, man - it’s now. And what are you doing with it, ey?”

In 1944, a black GI is shot dead in a race riot. In 1974, on the same Bristol street, an IRA bomb explodes. Both events have a powerful impact on The Dug Out: the only place in town where black and white teenagers drink and dance together; a world of escape and promise, where dreams are shared, battles fought, identities forged and dance steps perfected.

This uplifting tale of young lives in ‘70s Britain is set against a cross-culture love story of thirty years earlier, and unfolds to a glorious soundtrack of ska, reggae, funk and 1940s black American jive.

Facts & Figures

The Dug Out was produced by Splice Theatre at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol, and directed by Kath Rogers.

The first production featured a community chorus of Bristol dancers and a live set by DJ Kinsman.

The soundtrack includes music by Desmond Decker, The Deltones, Dandy Livingstone and Cab Calloway.

Reviews

The Dug Out

“This nostalgic show wins out as unassuming, feel-good fun ... it has a defiant, ramshackle charm.”

The Times

“The play skillfully crosses over real life events, visualising the peripheral stories of the two ill-fated days, merging choreography across the decades, to fade in and out of each era with ease.”

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