Musical highlighting the plight of pubs set for December tour

By Stuart Stone

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Merciless expose: The comedy musical aims to raise awareness of the plight of pubs
Merciless expose: The comedy musical aims to raise awareness of the plight of pubs

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Arts Council England funded show ‘Last Orders at The Dog & Dumplings’ is set for five tour dates in December.

The new musical comedy - an “uproarious and merciless expose of the cold-blooded takeover striking our communities in the name of regeneration” - written, devised and performed by Boogaloo Stu and Flick Ferdinando, is set for a short pub tour between 13 and 18 December.

The show’s main aim is to raise awareness, at community level, of escalating pub closures and the risks of gentrification in towns and cities.  

It focuses on publicans Kevin and Babs Chisholm of the fictitious Dog & Dumplings – a pub faced with imminent closure. The musical tale revolving around the busy boozer sees the Chisholms take on dodgy developers and the big boys in a fight to stay afloat.

With pubs closing at an alarming rate, the show will be performed by Boogaloo Stu and Flick Ferdinando in the very spaces that find themselves at risk.

Home Live Art co-director Mimi Banks described the show as: “Deadly serious content, delivered with inspired silliness and irreverence, packaged up in a carefully constructed theatrical context that continuously works to blur the lines of convention between audience and performance. Clever, funny, unmissable stuff.”

The performance, which runs for a total of 70 minutes and carries an 18-plus age restriction, will debut at the Colchester Arts Centre on 13 December before moving into London for four shows in four days to round off a short tour. Two dates at the Birds in Leytonstone, east London, precede a 17 December performance at The Four Thieves in Battersea, south-west London, and a final night at The Aeronaut in Acton, west London.

Further dates for 2018 are yet to be released.

Tickets cost upwards of £7 and can be booked via the Dog & Dumpling’s homepage here

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