The Dug Out

by  Amanda Whittington

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f

Park Street, 1944: A black GI is shot dead. Park Street, 1974: An IRA bomb explodes. Tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock-tick. One more hour you'll never get back. One more night passes and nothing has changed. the future is now, man, it's now, man, it's now. And what are you doing with it, 'ey?

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    4m, 4f
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An exciting, original play inspired by the legendary Bristol nightclub, the Dug Out. Based on real-life events, this is an uplifting tale of black and white teenage clubbers in the 1970s, set against a classic love story of thirty years earlier.
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"This nostalgic show wins out as unassuming, feel-good fun ... it has a defiant, ramshackle charm." The Times.



  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

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  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting: The play is set in The Dug Out, Park Row, Bristol. December 1974 and July 1944.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4m, 4f

SAMMY VAUGHAN (21), a Dug Out regular
LEO VAUGHAN (17), his brother and barman
RITA LANE (19), a wartime WAAF
CURTIS G ANTHONY (21), an American GI
GLORIA (21), an androgynous young man
SASHA SIMONS (17), a sixth former from Clifton
RAE BELL (17), her best friend
HOLLY COLLINS (17), a waitress

Other clubbers are played by members of the YOUNG CLUBBER’S CHORUS

A DJ plays a live set as part of the show.

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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras



Amanda Whittington

Amanda Whittington

Commissioned and produced by Splice Theatre and first performed at the Bristol Tobacco Factory, May - June 2013.

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