Actors scrum down on stage

Up ‘n’ Under, by John Godber, Alnwick Theatre Club, at Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm, Wednesday, May 4, to Saturday, May 7. Tickets, £8 adult, £7 conc, £6 child/student, available from the Playhouse.

ALNWICK Theatre Club tackles John Godber’s award-winning play, Up ‘N’ Under – a comedy which culminates in a rugby match on the stage with six actors taking the roles of both teams.

The show tells the story of an amateur rugby sevens team, based at the Wheatsheaf Arms, who lose all their matches in the seven-a-side rugby league, and to date they have not yet been able to muster a complete team.

Yet Reg, an ex-professional player, is goaded into an outrageous bet to train the band of losers for a match against the best side in the north of England – the Cobblers Arms.

He enlists the help of Hazel who runs a body-building gym to help train his lads in the Herculean task.

Tony Neale, director, said: “It is a very funny play and it is an unusual sort of play – bizarrely there is an actual rugby match on the stage with six actors playing both teams. It sounds impossible, but it is an interesting thing to do.”

The play contains strong language and it is suggested that it is unsuitable for people under 15 years of age.