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The Writer, The Journalist, and the ex-Footballer

Thur 22 June 2017

Talk about a meeting of great minds and skill!

Here’s the Dream Team behind Wise Men Say / Cornered, meeting recently to discuss the production and put a few more details in place!

l-r: sports journalist Jeff Brown, ex-SAFC player Dave Corner, writer Paul Dunn, pictured recently

The wheels are now in motion for the tour, which is already on sale at most venues (take a look at our production page, using the link above, to see a list of venues and how you can buy tickets.)

As you can see from the photo, Dave Corner, who is the subject of Jeff Brown’s play Cornered, is firmly behind the whole production, and is planning to attend as many of the performances as possible. (Along with, we hope, many other ex-players and club staff.)

And it was during this recent meeting that Jeff – in true sports journalist style – revealed a jaw-dropping sporting exclusive to both Dave and Paul. There is video evidence of the whole revelation, and it will most certainly feature as part of the show!  Make sure you get your tickets to find out what it is!


New dates added to this Autumn’s SAFC-based touring play

Tue 25 April 2017

We’re delighted to announce that, after discussions with Matt Woolston – chairman of the London and South East supporters branch of SAFC – we’ll be extending our tour of Wise Men Say/Cornered this September.

We’ve confirmed two nights in the Southwark Brewery in London, which is where the London/SE branch meet, where we’ll be presenting two performances of our production, by special demand of the branch.

But this doesn’t mean we’ve dropped the ball on our North East tour, and tickets for the performance at Washington Arts Centre on 14th September have just gone on sale on their website.  Don’t delay in getting your tickets; we expect these shows to sell out fast, and availability is limited.

SAFC – the best fans in the world!

Roker Park flyerThursday 31st July 2014

The Cranked Anvil office will be closed for a week after tomorrow, as we decamp to Edinburgh for the Ed Fringe. So we’ve been hard at work this week, getting things organised before we go. And of course, the one thing we’ve been concentrating on is I Left My Heart In Roker Park.

Production is in full swing now, and there’s already been some nice coverage in the local press. You can read the article in the Shields Gazette here.  Posters have gone up in Durham, Washington, South Shields and, of course, Sunderland. The people of Sunderland showed huge interest and support, and a lot of people came up to us while we were postering.  They told us they’d read about the show in the Sunderland Echo, and were looking forward to seeing the show. No wonder SAFC has the amazing support that it does – the Sunderland fans are second to none!

And today we had a meeting with Michael Ganley from SAFC Museum, who is quite possibly the most dedicated fan we’ve met yet! Full of ideas, full of passion, and we’re really looking forward to him being involved with ‘Roker Park’, and to working with him over the next couple of months and into the future.

Michael has been avidly collecting SAFC and football memorabilia for over 30 years – ever since he tried his luck asking Jackie Charlton for his football boots. (Ask Michael to tell you that story – it’s hilarious!)  When the shows are on in September,we’re planning to have Michael display some of his memorabilia, and he’ll be on hand to tell the stories of how he came by them.  There’s a whole host of stuff – although our favourite is the 1973 cup final shirt, signed by Bob Stokoe!

You can follow Michael on twitter here, and take a look at some of his collection on his Instagram Page.

And if you haven’t booked tickets yet for the show, make sure you get in quick. Durham Gala has already sold out one night, and the rest of the tickets are selling fast; with the venue brochures now printed and sent out, the rest of the tickets are sure to be snapped up soon. Go to our show page here, and then follow the link to the relevant venue.

Sept 19th & 20th – Customs House, South Shields

Sept 25th – Washington Arts Centre

Sept 27th & 28th – Durham Gala