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The Giant Killers (The Long Lane Theatre Company)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

I am not a fan of football, but for 75 minutes I was part of the crowd, feeling every triumph and tragedy with a true fan’s intensity. This play tells the story of the early days of association football, when the “beautiful game” was dominated by upper-class former private school boys, until that was challenged by a group of mill workers from the Lancashire town of Darwen. The labour movement, social division and class tension all feature prominently, but it’s the human heart and soul of the story that takes centre stage: the everyday lives and loves of the real men and women of Darwen, who struggled against a system of wealth and privilege that was rigged against them.

Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]