Up ‘n’ Under

About this Production

Set up in a bet with his arch rival Reg, our hero Arthur discovers he has 5 weeks to train The Wheatsheaf Arms who are bottom of the amateur rugby league, have never won a game, don’t have 7 players and spend more time in the pub than on the pitch. They are up against The Cobblers Arms, trained by Reg, who are top of the league, train weekly, are physically enormous and terrify every team they play.

Arthur is most worried however about how he is going to communicate with his new team.

They are Deaf and he doesn’t sign……!

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‘I’ve always loved John Godber’s plays:- the simplicity of the sets which focusses the audiences’ eyes on the actors; the physicality required from the performers; the humour and mix of everyday conversational dialogue with heightened poetic language all encompassed in Godber’s amazing storytelling.

I’m very excited to be directing Up ’n’ Under, staying true to all these characteristics expected and loved in a Godber play but adding a soupçon of Deaf culture and language to make this a fingersmiths production’  
Jeni Draper (Director)

Every performance includes live Audio Description, British Sign Language and spoken English.

Some performances will feature creative captioning – contact Box Offices for dates

Tour Dates

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich
Wed 7 — Sat 10 Feb 2018

The Key Studio Peterborough
Mon 12 – Wed 14 Feb 2018

Canada Water Cultural Space
Thurs 15 – Sat 17 Feb 2018

Harrogate Theatre
Thurs 22nd – Sat 24 Feb 2018

Oxford Playhouse
Tue 27 Feb 2018

Cast Doncaster
Thurs Mar 1 – Sat Mar 3 2018

The Lowry Manchester
Tue 6 and Wed 7 March

Derby Theatre Studio
Fri 9 – Sat 10 Mar 2018

Birmingham REP Studio
Mon 12 – Wed 14 Mar 2018

 The Crucible Theatre Sheffield Studio
Fri 16 – Sat 17 Mar 2018

Northcottt Theatre Exeter
Thurs Mar 22 – Sat Mar 24 2018

Cast and Creative Team

Jeni Draper

Amy Jane Cook

Lighting Designer
Ian Scott

Sound Designer
James Cook

Video Designer
Stanley Orwin-Fraser


Adam Bassett (Small World – BSLBT)

Stephen Collins (Reasons to be Cheerful – Graeae)

Willie Elliott (NT Audio Describer)

Matty Gurney (Light – Theatre Ad Infinitum)

Nadeem Islam (BBC See Hear presenter)

Wayne Norman (Reasons to be Cheerful – Graeae)

Tanya Vital (Emmerdale)


fingersmiths continues to find partners outside of the Arts for each production. For ‘Up n Under’, we are working with England Deaf Rugby Union.

We share an ambition to increase awareness of Deaf participation in sport and theatre; raise awareness of partnerships between arts and sport and increase attendance of new audiences to theatres and rugby clubs nationally.