Jumpers for Goalposts

DOI: 10.5040/9781784601331.00000002
Scenes: 6. Roles: Male (4) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

A comedy drama about a five-a-side football team in Hull who are down on their luck.

Barely Athletic are part of a four-team five-a-side football league which Viv, their bullish head coach, is desperate to win. Or if they can’t win, at least they should try not to lose. Chucked out of the Lesbian Rovers for being too bossy, she desperately tries to instil some competitive spirit into the boys. Problem is, Beardy Geoff is copping off with the opposition, Danny is nursing a painful secret, Luke only joined because he fancies Danny and Viv’s brother-in-law Joe is trying to cope with his grief after losing his wife. Together, they might just be able to claw back up from the bottom of league. Wells’ drama bears the hallmarks of his warm comedic style, which were displayed in his previous hit play The Kitchen Sink, and is a paean to the virtues of friendship and love.

Jumpers for Goalposts was produced by renowned new-writing theatre company Paines Plough and was first performed at Watford Palace Theatre in 2013 on the first stop of a regional tour.

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Nick Hern Books

Tom Wells

ISBN: 9781848423268

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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