Anyone gripped by the Six Nations rugby championship might want to make a date in their diary for the next Kings Langley Players production.
The village group aims to score a hit with sports and theatre fans alike enjoying Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson, a comedy that does for the oval ball what writer Chris England’s earlier venture An Evening With Gary Lineker did for the national game.
The play is set on that historic 2003 day when England overcame Australia to become world champs, thanks to Wilkinson’s trusty boot. In a fading rugby club’s bar, a mixed bag of characters gather to watch the match.
Director Nick Davey coaches an under U10s rugby team. “Directing this play combines my two great passions,” he says, but quickly insists: “But this isn’t a play about rugby, that’s just the setting.
“It’s a play about people – people jockeying for position, pulling dirty tricks on each other and generally misbehaving.
“There is swearing, sex, lots of laughs and the odd poignant moment. It’s not Chekhov but it is very funny and fairly physical.
“I love the physical elements of theatre and the whole process of choreographing scenes that in performance look and feel real – safely, of course!
“I really hope the play attracts all sorts of people, rugby fans or otherwise – it deserves to because it is a very funny play and I have a spectacular cast who’ve caught the spirit of the piece from the off, harnessing their inner feisty female rugby captain, earnest headmaster-type, glam gym boss, father-to-be-behaving-badly, exciting young sports star, seedy reporter and even stereotypical loud-mouthed Aussie!”
The show takes to the stage at the Kings Langley Community Centre for a short run from Thursday, February 28 to Saturday, March 2. Book online at www.klp.org.uk or call on 07906 695959.
Photos (by Ron Balmforth)
01 Ben Elmer-White
02 Connor Janes & Liz Wells
03 (back) Connor Janes, Sally-Anne Rafferty (front) Ben Elmer-White, Guy Peskin
04 (l to r) Ben Elmer-White, Connor Janes, Sally-Anne Rafferty, Neil Revens, Guy Peskin
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