Set in the Black Country of the early 19th century, and based on the folklore and ballads of the period, The Darlaston Dog Fight presents the story of Rough Moey, collier, innkeeper, hell-raiser and dog-fighter, and reputedly the last man to sell his wife in Wednesbury market. From the mines of the ten-foot coal to the bloody arenas of the dog-pit and the bull-stake where he made his name and his fortune, Moey’s life, like the times he lives in, is lawless, brutal and fiercely independent.
Using their unique blend of narrative, music, song and physical action, Regional Voice Theatre’s new play is an explosive and uncompromising account of violence and vitality in the human spirit, a celebration of the raw passions that have shaped our past, and continue to shape our present.
We would like to thank The Arena Theatre, Arts Council England, Artsfest, Creative Black Country, the actors and the Arena Collaborative Theatremakers for their creative and professional support. We would also like to thank the Dance Workshop studios for their support during earlier workshops, and for granting us free space to bring our ideas together.
We will be casting this production by audition in October 2017. Full details and an official call-out will be posted soon. Please note that you do not have to be from the Midlands to appear in this production. However you will need to be able to perform an authentic Black Country accent. It is also important to note that Regional Voice practice blind casting.
Our call-out platforms are IdeasTap, The Stage, Midpoint and Spotlight.