From Friday 5 – Saturday 20 October Nottingham Playhouse will become Meadow Lane as Diary of a Football Nobody transports audiences to a bygone age of football when the beautiful game was defined as much by its booze and bust-ups as the results on the field.
With Pukka Pies and Castle Rock’s special Pie Eyed Ale on offer throughout the run, audiences would be forgiven if they forgot they were going to see a show at the theatre!
The cast have been busy rehearsing for the last couple of weeks. To help them get into their roles they enjoyed a special trip to Meadow Lane where they were taken on a tour of the ground, met some of the players from the 1970s and even had a kick-about on the pitch. Some of our favourite photos from the rehearsal room and their trip to Meadow Lane can be seen on the right.
Diary of a Football Nobody is a new play written by acclaimed TV writer William Ivory, based on ex-Notts County player David McVay’s memoir Steak…Diana Ross: Diary of a Football Nobody.
The cast includes Eric Richard (best known for playing Sergeant Bob Cryer in The Bill) as legendary Notts County Manager Jimmy Sirrel. Long Eaton-based actor Perry Fitzpatrick will be playing David McVay. The cast also includes Rupert Hill (best known for his role as Jamie Baldwin in Coronation Street), Nottingham-born Sophia Di Martino (Polly Emmerson in Casualty), Nottingham-based Luke Gell (Tim in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps), Christopher Hogben as Les Bradd, Seamus O’ Neill and Brian Lonsdale.