A Dog’s Tale goes on sale

I love Mikron Theatre! It’s no secret. Their shows are always joyous, clever, beautifully presented and entirely unique. Plus, they travel around by narrowboat which is just the coolest thing ever.

In their 49th year of touring, Mikron Theatre presents Poppy Hollman’s new musical comedy A Dog’s Tale. It’s a PAWsome show that tells the story of Linda and her wayward rescue dog Gary as they’re pursued by security through the halls and history of Crufts, accused of a terrible crime. Does Gary have what is takes to win the day?

A show about the beautiful chaos of Crufts certainly sounds interesting, and I’m really excited to see the show. It will begin touring at The Holbeck in Leeds on 5th June before heading on a nationwide tour by canal, river and road until September.

The cast will star Rachel Benson, Thomas Cotran, James McLean and Elizabeth Robin who will also make up the cast of Atalanta Forever. However, this show’s creative team is slightly different and will be directed by Rachel Gee, designed by Celia Perkins with music composed and directed by Rebekah Hughes.

Playwright Poppy Hollman said: “I have written over twenty characters to be played by only four actors, but I know they will enjoy the challenge of bringing it to life! I was picked to write the play after participating in Mikron’s 2018 Writer’s Scheme: it is my first professional commission. It has been a delight to work for Mikron, a company whose creativity and ethos I love. I cannot wait to see them work their magic on A Dog’s Tale.

I spent two fascinating days at Crufts last year, eavesdropping on competitors and trying to work out which dog would win in each competition (success rate: zero). People were very friendly and frank in sharing their suspicions about judging bias. ‘Well, you know, that dog will win because it’s Scottish and so is the judge!’ (it did win). My impression of Crufts was that whilst dog participation was on an exclusive basis, a huge variety of humankind was in evidence, on two legs or four wheels. Testament perhaps to the huge importance of dogs to many different people in their roles as pets, medical assistance dogs, working dogs and more. It is also true to the founding principles of Charles Cruft, who charged only a penny so that everyone could enter their best friend.”

Director Rachel Gee added: “A Dog’s Tale is my first directing job with Mikron and it’s the ideal show for me as a dog owner. We cannot wait to welcome audiences (and their dogs) to shows up and down the country. Dog lover or not, this is the perfect night out for fun, laughter and wonderful songs.”

The atmosphere at most Mikron performances is disarmingly informal, but don’t mistake informality for simplicity – in its laidback way, it is an ambitious undertaking, and dogs are welcome at most Mikron venues. I’ve seen Mikron shows before and I’d wholeheartedly recommend you come along and experience a truly talented theatre company do what they do best.

For further information on A Dog’s Tale please visit https://mikron.org.uk/shows/a-dogs-tale

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