Hard-hitting play confronts racism in football

Hard-hitting play confronts racism in football

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads.

artsdepot is delighted to welcome the first tour of Roy Williams’ acclaimed hard-hitting play about racism and football to north London. Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads explores race relations at the sharp end, asking what it means to be British in the twenty-first century. This co-production from Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal confronts issues of race and nationalism in a direct and honest way. The play reflects the hot topic this year of how to rid football of its racist associations with initiatives such as the Kick It Out Action Week (17-30 Oct) and the 2006 World Cup motto: “Time to be friends”.

It’s Saturday 7 October 2000 and England play Germany – the last match at the old Wembley Stadium. As the match is played out on the big screen of the ‘King George’ the pub’s team celebrate their victory against the ‘Duke of York’, thanks to their star striker Barry, who also happens to be their only black player. Barry feels as English as his drinking partners and desperately wants to belong, but his team mates don’t think he’s as “English” as they are. Meanwhile the landlady’s son, Glen, is keen to be accepted by some of the local boys, until he is mugged for his mobile phone and the racial divide amongst the locals becomes evident.

Bruising, violent and disturbingly funny…..a fierce, brave and important play – SUNDAY TIMES

Roy Williams is one of the hottest writers in Britain today. His other work includes The Gift, Clubland (for which he won the Evening Standard’s ‘Most Promising Playwright’ Award) Little Sweet Thing and Fallout. He was joint winner of the George Devine Award for Lift Off. Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads premiered at the National Theatre in 2004 to huge critical acclaim.
Roy Williams: “I’d like to see more black faces (in theatre writing), but the work has got to be good. There’s no point in trying to be PC about it.”

Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal have worked together on numerous productions, including last year’s highly successful tour of East is East.
Marcus Romer, Pilot Theatre’s Artistic Director, directs this first regional production and tour of Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads. His previous recent work for the company includes Lord of the Flies, a/s/l, Beautiful Thing and Abigail’s Party.

An extensive education programme accompanies the production, including workshops and a resource pack, available online at pilot-theatre.com. In addition to the education resources there will be interviews with the creative team and glimpses into the theatrical process, such as rehearsal and set and lighting discussions available as podcasts.

Date & Time Tue 14 – Sat 18 Nov 8pm (& 2pm Sat)
Tickets £12 (£10 conc) / £8 schools Tue-Thu

Region: All
Start Date: 14/11/2006
End Date: 18/11/2006
Start Time: 20:00
Venue: artsdepot
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