Dog Blog: Of Mice and Men's dog stars
Dog Blog: Of Mice and Men's dog stars
20 April 2016
A blog by the furry friends appearing in Of Mice and Men. We promise they're on the ball with this one. Woof!
The callout was simple: "Dogs, could you wag yourself a part in a stage production of Of Mice and Men?"
Appearing in scenes with eldest ranch worker Candy, portrayed by Dudley Sutton, a different dog is needed for each theatre as the production makes its way across the UK. There have been hundreds of canines auditioning across the country, but there can only be one Candy's Dog. Well, actually 12. In this blog, they're going to introduce themselves and maybe even share their 'thespian tails'.
Brighton Theatre Royal: Glamour, glamour, glamour
Alaska here. It’s been ruff preparing to play Candy’s dog. I’m soft, white and pawsitively Hollywood glamour. Yet this role has demanded I get my paws dirty and avoid bathing for over 3 weeks! You see, showbiz isn’t always the dog’s life it seems, darlings. It’s much more than lights, canine, action! It’s an art and I take it very seriously. This is a grrrrreat role created by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck knew the human condition and how important dogs are to their lives. Humans have achieved much throughout history and a lot of that is down to dogs like me, darlings. We provide more than just companionship, we bring a variety of benefits to different situations that humans often do not understand as well.
I look forward to seeing you in the stalls, darlings. Chow chow xx
P.S Stop hounding me for an autograph, bitches!
P.P.S Please follow me on Twitter @Princess_Laska
Cambridge Arts Theatre: Let me lick you up and down till you say stop.
I heard you wanna know more ‘bout me? Well, I’m Arthur. I’m loyal, loving and L.E.G.E.N.D.A.R.Y! I’m so buzzin’, I run and growl in my sleep. I’m wide awake, in the park, pheasants, mice, bark, bark, bark. Life’s a doodle, whatevfur happens is meant to be. Oh boy, another chew toy? Don’t expect me to pick it up, you get what I’m saying? This ain’t no game of throw and catch, I’m here to help and open doors to neighbours hearts.
Peace out x
Darlington Civic Theatre: Flint sings a tune
I’m Flint! I’m a lurcher. I’ve been a loyal companion to my owner Caroline for twelve years now, if she was to describe me in three words, she’d say I’m gentle, kind and polite. I can sing when the harmonica is played. Listen:
I've roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.
This is a one-off opportunity for me to do something a bit different and fun. Steinbeck was a great lover of dogs and I’m proud to be able to play a part in this production.
Wolverhampton Grand: Tilly puts her nose to good use...
Prynhawn da, sut ydych chi?
Oh sorry. Hello there! I’m Tilly and I’m originally from Wales! I’m SO excited to be a part of Of Mice and Men at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre this week. I love doing new things. This is my first leap into show business! I’m so excited my tail has been wagging furiously for the last 72 hours. REALLY.
I’m ultra competitive, but I never fight a losing battle. I prefer to use my brain over the other dogs' brawn. Put me between another dog and a chew toy though and I’ll show you who’s boss. Speaking of bosses, I’m not looking forward to meeting the boss’ son Curley… there’s something evil lurking beneath that Vaseline stench.
Nottingham Theatre Royal - it's Benji!
1 March 2016
I had a bit of difficult start in life. My parents were strays and picked up on the streets by the police. WOOF, WOOF, WOOF, WOOF. Sorry, do excuse me, the slight mention of police still makes me bark. Despite what you might think about my doggy traits or appearance, I’m human and don’t you forget it! Where was I? Oh yes, so my mother was put into a cell just for dogs, which is where she then gave birth to me! You may think it wasn’t an ideal situation, but it was pretty cosy and I got invited to the Paul O’Grady Show with my fellow pups. Since then, I’ve appeared in a previous Of Mice and Men production and Annie too!
Anyway, must dash, performances and all that. Pow ciao for now!
First up, appearing at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, it's Bentley!
23 February 2016
Hi my name is Bentley. Woof!
My mummy describes me as regal, cuddly and a bit of a teddy bear. I spend a lot of time with her and love curling up on the sofa with her. I do like to look after her as my daddy spends a lot of time traveling. I like to think I'm pretty alert, if there's a pan boiling over in the kitchen I bark like this: WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!!! Actually, my mummy's almost set fire to the kitchen a few times but I've always been a cautious companion. I'm an office dog Monday to Friday, it's not as bad as it sounds... I'm frequently sticking my nose into unattended Tupperware boxes containing cakes and goodies. Well, as you humans say, finders keepers, and I have a pretty good sniff for this game!
Of Mice and Men premieres at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where it runs from 4 to 13 February 2016. It then tours to Cheltenham, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Darlington, Blackpool, Cambridge, Brighton, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Oxford and Leicester where it concludes on 28 May.