6 – 22 September 2017
The Peacock, Sunderland | Customs House | Arts Centre Washington | Durham Gala
After the huge success of I Left My Heart In Roker Park in 2014, this year we are producing a brand new double bill of one-act plays based around the mighty Sunderland AFC!
Cornered by Jeff Brown
On 24th of March 1985, a dream comes true for a young football player from Sunderland. just 18 years old, Dave Corner runs out onto the hallowed Wembley turf, to play in a cup final for his beloved home team. Less than 90 minutes later, a slip up on the pitch turns the dream into his worst nightmare – from which his pride, his physical safety, and ultimately his career, never recovers.
This funny and at times poignant play by BBC Look North’s Jeff Brown finds out what happened to Davey Corner after that fateful day against the Canaries…
Wise Men Say by Paul Dunn
In 1997, Jimmy’s beloved Roker Park was pulled down. What could possibly replace this ground? This hallowed turf? This sanctuary? Nothing, so Jimmy thinks. But then rises a Phoenix from the flames – a Stadium to bring new dreams, new hope. New Light.
This bittersweet comedy by Paul Dunn charts one man’s journey through 20 years of the ups and downs of life, work, love and loss – and following the Lads at the Stadium of Light!
After each performance there will be a Q&A with Dave Corner and Jeff Brown.
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About the authors
Jeff joined Look North as the programme’s main sports presenter in 2003, prior to which he sat alongside legendary Mike Neville at Tyne Tees TV for six-and-a-half years.
He is currently one of the main presenters of the BBC’s award-winning Look North, and works extensively as a journalist covering all aspects of news and sport. He has spent his career reporting on the football teams of the North East and has a solid knowledge and grasp of their goings on!
Paul was born and bred in Sunderland. His recent appearance as SAFC-mad Kevin Halliday in I Left My Heart In Roker Park won Performance of the Year at the Echo WOW Awards, Revival of the Year from the British Theatre Guide, and a finalist nomination in the Journal Culture Awards.
He has written many scripts: sketches, musicals, plays, and novels. His most recent work was an adaptation of Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path, which played at the Customs House in 2015.