Nantwich Players take on the beautiful game

The Game

Nantwich Players are looking to bring the roar of the crowd to their next production at the Love Lane theatre.

The Game, by Harold Brighouse, is all about football, with the action taking place on Saturday afternoon.

Things haven’t been going too well for Blackton Rovers, who are threatened with relegation and bankruptcy.

The club’s only decent player is an item with the chairman’s daughter, but the chairman has let him go on transfer to Blackton’s deadly rivals.

However, if some of the plot has familiar echoes, this is Lancashire in 1913, and The Game is a comedy of soccer and sexual politics in the age of suffragettes when the Cup Final was still played at The Crystal Palace.

The play’s director Jerry Park said: “This is a fastmoving comedy from a time when stars of football were famous for footwork rather than pay packets and lifestyle.

“Harold Brighouse was one of ‘the Manchester school’ of dramatists who were writing just before the First World War.

“They set their plays in the north and prided themselves on the authenticity of their characters and language.

“Brighouse is probably more famous for writing Hobson’s Choice, but in many ways The Game is a sharper, funnier play.”

The cast of twelve includes two members who are making their debut with the Players.

Performances will be at 7.45pm from September 8 to 16. For tickets to the drama, priced at £9, call 01270 600727.

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