by John Godber

Touring Spring 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)

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

Arthur is most worried however about how he is going to communicate with his new team. They are Deaf and he doesn’t sign…….

Working with hearing and Deaf actors who use BSL, the combination of the two languages on stage accentuates the visual humour in the everyday banter of the characters and the physical storytelling sections become bolder.

Our performance style has been likened to watching HD television. The pictures are sharper and you see the detail with greater clarity!

It’s the same great 1980s comedy with a twist.


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For Up ’n’ Under, we are offering the opportunity for theatres to engage with the wider world of sport and Deaf communities.

fingersmiths is working in partnership with England Deaf Rugby Union (Associate of the RFU) and with Rugby League Clubs across the country.

We share the ambition to increase awareness of Deaf participation in sport; raise awareness of partnerships between arts and sport and increase attendance of new audiences in theatres.






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