It’s going to be a play of two halves but one which will appeal to both football and theatre fans equally.
Monkeywood Theatre’s production of By Far The Greatest Team is set to score a triumph after signing some top drawer names from stage and screen.
The sports-mad drama, which opens at The Lowry Salford on September 17, will feature Mark Jordon (PC Phil Bellamy in Heartbeat and Daz Spencer in Emmerdale); Samantha Siddall (Mandy Maguire in Shameless); David Judge (Hollyoaks); Meriel Schofield (Beverley in Last Tango in Halifax); Francesca Waite (Flesh, Monkeywood Theatre); Chris Jack (The Funfair, HOME) as well as two of the play’s writers Andrew Sheridan (Clocking Off, Blindsided, Royal Exchange Theatre and The Skriker, Royal Exchange and Manchester International Festival) and Sarah McDonald Hughes (Maine Road, Monkeywood Theatre and BBC Radio 4).
By Far The Greatest Team tells four new stories about Manchester City, Manchester United, identity, community and belonging, and gets to the heart of why the beautiful game has such an impact on our lives, season after season.
The imaginative new production will see the Quays Theatre at The Lowry, where Monkeywood Theatre are associate artists, transformed into a football stadium, recreating the atmosphere of a match day in the city.
Each new play will be rooted in the truth about people’s lives and will challenge the usual stereotypes about football.
The four new plays will be written by Manchester City fans Ian Kershaw (Mist in the Mirror, Oldham Coliseum and Channel 4’s Shameless) and Sarah McDonald Hughes and Manchester United fans Andrew Sheridan and Lindsay Williams (Dreamers, Oldham Coliseum, Eastenders and Emmerdale).
The production will be directed by Monkeywood’s co-artistic director Martin Gibbons.
By Far The Greatest Team will run at The Lowry from September 17-20.
*Team Photo: Back Row – From L-R Francesca Waite, Meriel Schofield, Mark Jordon and Andrew Sheridan; Front Row – From L-R Samantha Siddall, Sarah McDonald Hughes, David Judge and Chris Jack.