Up ‘N’ Under at Birmingham Rep

I played Rugby Union for over 30 years and loved the game which has given me everything, including my lovely wife

#BrumHour

by David Fox

Up ‘N’ Under at Birmingham Rep

John Godber’s Happy Jack and Bouncers were staples of my A level theatre courses so I was really looking forward to seeing perhaps his most famous play, Up ‘N’ Under, for the first time, at Birmingham Rep. Godber, the northern working class dramatist who is said to be the third most performed playwright behind Shakespeare and Alan Aykbourn, delivers his signature mix of real life emotion, drama, and observational humour in this brilliant tale of a down on its luck rugby club.

The Wheatsheaf Arms rugby team, the laughing stock of Castleford’s Amateur Rugby League Seven-a-Side tournament, have never won a game, don’t have seven players and spend more time in the pub than on the pitch. Set up in a bet with his arch rival Reg, our hero coach Arthur has five weeks to convince them they can beat…

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