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……!

Director: Jeni Draper

Designer: Amy Jane Cook

Lighting Designer: Ian Scott

Sound Designer: James Cook

Video Designer: Stanley Orwin-Fraser

Cast: 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)

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

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

Touring Spring 2018

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 & 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


‘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)

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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. 







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