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This Sporting Life Sport on stage

The Changing Room

The Changing Room

David Storey

Storey's look at life among a semi-pro rugby team before, during and after a game opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 1971 in a production by Lindsay Anderson, and was revived by Michael Rudman in 1996 as part of a Royal Court classics season.

Tuebrook Tanzi

Clare Luckham

Luckham's 1978 feminist play about a young woman's desire to be a wrestler was performed in a real wrestling ring, with the cast hurling each other around over a series of rounds. Originally known as Tuebrook Tanzi - The Venus Flytrap, the play toured Liverpool clubs, and was filmed by the BBC in front of a live wrestling audience. As Trafford Tanzi, the play was revived at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, while later productions starred Toyah Willcox and, in America, Blondie's Debbie Harry and comedian Andy Kaufman.

Up 'n' Under

John Godber

Rugby again featured in Godber's play, first produced by Hull Truck in 1984, which looked at a ramshackle pub team who are turned into champions by a female trainer. The play picked up an Olivier award for Best New Play, and inspired a sequel, Up 'n' Under 2, as well as a film version in 1998 starring Neil Morrissey.

The Celtic Story/ Partick Thistle Football Crazy/ The Rangers Story/ We Are The Hibees

Wildcat's tale of Glasgow's East End team and David Belcher's loveletter to the Jags spawned a spate of popular football plays in Scotland several years ago, which played to packed houses of fans, who cheered on the history of their side through a series of big moments.

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