Two brand new plays based around football will get their first airing at Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation next week (Thursday 24 November).
‘Plays, Pints and the Beautiful Game’ is the brainchild of actor, producer and Newcastle United fan, Heather Carroll, from troublehouse theatre.
Heather explains: “We were given scripts to look at by two local writers and, coincidentally, they both revolve around football.
“I’m a huge Newcastle fan and was keen to help develop their ideas, as well as bringing people to the theatre who might not normally consider it.
“The evening will consist of script in hand extracts from the two plays, followed by an opportunity for the audience to feedback with their thoughts.”
troublehouse theatre was formed in 2014 by Rick Bithell and Heather Carroll. They aim to provide audiences with professional quality theatre, at an affordable price, in venues other than established theatre spaces, and to promote new talent and new writing in the North.
Heather adds: “As well as developing local talent, we thought it would be appropriate to help raise money for a local charity, too. Like most people, my family’s been affected by cancer and we immediately thought of fundraising for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
“I asked the writers, Gary O’Donnell and Paul Eslam, if they thought it was a good idea and they loved it. It seems the right thing to do and Sir Bobby’s even quoted in one of the plays.
“We’re not asking people to buy tickets, just to pay what they’d like to on the night and all the money will go to Sir Bobby’s Foundation.”
Capacity for ‘Plays, Pints and the Beautiful Game’ is just 65. Tickets can be reserved in advance via Alphabetti Theatre’s website.
‘Plays, Pints and the Beautiful Game’ begins at 7.30pm on Thursday 24 November and the venue is Alphabetti Theatre, The Basement, 18 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW.