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Ginger Hibiscus | LOOK AHEAD: Marching on Together at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Ginger Hibiscus | LOOK AHEAD: Marching on Together at the Old Red Lion Theatre
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05 Dec LOOK AHEAD: Marching on Together at the Old Red Lion Theatre

Playwright – Adam Hughes
Director – Joshua McTaggart

It’s Leeds, it’s the height of the football season in 1984, and it’s carnage. West Yorkshire miners are on strike and football hooliganism is rife, with bitter battles being fought on both the picket line and the touchline. Macca, ex-leader of the notorious Service Crew, is released from prison into a divided Leeds that he hardly recognises. With Macca’s infamous crew now disbanded, a younger generation of hooligans have taken up his violent mantle defending the mighty Whites, leaving the former general on the side-lines without an army. Abandoned by the only group who respected and supported him, Macca is no longer just fighting for Leeds. He’s fighting for his own survival.

On the face of it, football hooliganism and theatre don’t feel like the likeliest of bedfellows, but as an art form, theatre is ideal for challenging assumptions, and for showing things you thought you knew and understood from a different perspective. So perhaps they fit better than it might seem. In February, BackHere! Theatre Company will present the world premiere of a striking new play, Marching on Together, which is inspired by true events and commemorates the 30th anniversary of one of Britain’s bloodiest and most tragic footballing seasons.

Marching on Together was penned by the  award-winning West Yorkshire playwright Adam Hughes, and was the only British play to be shortlisted for the Burbage Prize 2014 (an award for new playwriting).

Marching on Together is a violent, demanding, and necessary play that will confront a part of our past that we have often ignored or misunderstood.

After the London production, a week of performances and theatre workshops will take place in Leeds at community centres, schools, and non-traditional spaces to highlight the dangers of football hooliganism and steps that can be taken to prevent violence. This production is supported by Gary Cooper, former chairman of Leeds United Supporters Trust, and National Union of Mineworkers (Yorkshire).

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