UP ‘n’ Under is being showcased by Louth Playgoers at the Riverhead Theatre in the coming week.
John Godber’s play follows the Wheatsheaf Arms rugby pub team in the Kingston Upon Hull Rugby Sevens.
Arthur, whose passion is rugby league, hears about the corrupt manager of the ‘Cobbler’s Arms’ and makes a bet with Reg Welch that he can train any team to beat them.
However he faces difficulties coaching the ‘Wheatsheaf Arms’ whose pride lies in their unbroken record of defeat.
John Godber is most famous for his work as artistic director for Hull Truck Theatre, which led the way for him to become one of the UK’s most successful living playwrights and is the third most performed playwrights behind William Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn.
He began his career as a playwright in 1976 when he adapted the novel ‘A Clockwork Orange’ for the stage. His success with A Clockwork Orange inspired him to continue writing plays and he wrote Bouncers in 1977 which was followed by over 50 other plays, including Perfect Pitch, Teechers and Shakers (which he turned into a musical in 1996). Godber has also written for television, his better known screen writing was for the children’s TV series Brookside and Grange Hill.
Up ‘n’ Under, was first performed in 1984 at Hull Truck Theatre. Since then it has been performed all over the UK by both professional and amateur companies. Up and under is a tactical attacking move in rugby which is usually used close to the opposition’s tryline, where the ball is kicked high and short either behind or into the opposition. Can Arthur win his wager? Will the ‘Wheatsheafs’ break out of the scrum and win? Find out from Monday 16th until Saturday 21st April 2012 at 7.30pm each night.
The play does contain some adult language.
Tickets are the usual £7.35 for adults, juniors (under 18s) £4.60, and for those with Silver TheatreCards £6.50 and £4.00.
Tickets available from the Box Office. Open: Monday to Saturday 10am until 1pm.
Call 01507 600350.