Shakespearean play wants dog owners to audition their dogs

by Darren Jamieson on March 31, 2009

Don’t put your daughter on the stage, Mrs. Worthington. What do you say about dogs then?

A production of Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ to be performed at Bath Spa University is asking for dog owners to bring their dogs along to audition for a role. They’re asking for any dog breed to try out (except for Spaniels, for some reason) so if you live in Bath and have a dog who you think would like to tread the boards why not try out for a role?

Terri Power is the director of the play. She states:

Usually in a modern performance of the play no actual dog is brought on stage. But in Shakespeare’s time they did so. They had a troupe of dogs specially trained to perform and do tricks or a jig as part of Elizabethan entertainment.

I want to recreate the experience of theatre as it was for audiences in Shakespeare’s Globe – the unpredictability and fun of dogs appearing in the middle of a show. That spontaneity is often missing nowadays.

If you have a Spaniel and you’re feeling left out, don’t be. The reason is that a character in the play, Petruchio, asks for a Spaniel, but is brought another breed. So unfortunately, any breed other than a Spaniel will be considered for the role.

The audition has been comically dubbed the ‘Rex Factor’ and is open Wednesday, tomorrow morning, from 10:30am to 12:30pm just outside Bath Abbey.

Good luck!

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