So the World Cup is slowly coming to an end, with football fans having a wait a whole agonising month before the domestic season gets underway. But if you really can't wait that long to watch 22 men chase a piece of leather over some grass, the Exeter Northcott has just the thing for you.
The Day We Played Brazil is a brand new musical production which tells the story of the match between Exeter City FC and the Brazilian national side in 1914 - the first international match ever played by Brazil. It follows the members of Exeter City's tour to Latin America shortly before the outbreak of World War I, moving through the history of the club in the 100 years since this historic match. It promises everything that a football match can offer in terms of highs, lows, cheers and tears - though the singing will hopefully be more tuneful.
This production has personal significance for me since it features Jack Alderman in a supporting role. I performed with Jack in Two Fat Men with Broadclyst Theatre Group earlier this year, and was present when he (deservedly) won the Best Newcomer Award at the Exmouth One-Act Play Festival back in April. But beyond that, the show comes with the very best credentials. Exeter City FC and their Supporters' Trust have been closely involved in the production, as have The Bike Shed Theatre, who have hosted several of the Butterscotch Sunday screenings I've promoted on this blog.
The Day We Played Brazil is playing at the Exeter Northcott Theatre from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 27th July. All performances are at 7:30pm, with matinees at 2:30pm on Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Saturday 26th July. There is also a special gala performance on Saturday August 5th at 5:30pm. All tickets are £14 and can be purchased online here or by calling the Northcott box office on (01392) 493493. Good luck Jack!