BAFTA-winning playwright John Godber is tackling the world of elite female rugby in his crunching new comedy.
Muddy Cows is at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic from Tuesday 3 to Saturday 14 September 2013.
The play follows the story of rough-and-ready Yorkshire women’s rugby union team the Muddy Cows.
Ex-England international rugby union player Maggie Deakin is about to step down as coach of the Muddy Cows, but there’s a final crunch match to be played.
On a soggy Saturday in Yorkshire, Maggie rallies her team to take on the unbeatable New Zealand side, The Black Ferns.
Personal battles play out on the pitch as a team of nurses, students, receptionists, lawyers and housewives fight to excel in what was once uniquely a man’s world.
Maggie faces a side at the top of their game, as well as her own uncertain future. Will her courage and passion win out?
No stranger to writing about sport, award-winning Godber’s work includes iconic rugby league comedy Up ‘n’ Under, which won an Olivier Award and was made into a feature film.
Godber said: “Women’s rugby union at the minute is, in every way, the poor relation to the man’s game
“The women play for the love of the sport and for no money.
Indeed, it quite often costs them in terms of subscription and travel costs.
“They have a real passion for the sport in a truly amateur fashion.
“Many of the women I spoke to said they weren’t even bothered if they won or lost.
“It was playing the game with friends and colleagues that was the most important feature.
“I hope to convey the passion and enthusiasm these women have for the game.”
The cast of six features Elizabeth Carling, who appeared in the BBC’s Casualty, Goodnight Sweetheart, Claire Eden, who was in John Godber’s Teachers, and Hull Truck Theatre.
Also featuring will be Hollyoaks and Lime Pictures actress Una McNulty, Hayley Tamaddon, of Emmerdale, who was the winner of ITV’s Dancing On Ice in 2010, Amy Thompson, who works on Channel Five children’s show Milkshake, and Abi Titmuss, who also worked on John Godber’s Up ‘n’ Under and Hull Truck Theatre.
Women’s rugby has gone from strength to strength in recent years and participation is currently at an all-time high.
Nearly 14,000 women and girls are currently registered as playing each week.
A Womens’s Rugby Football Union spokesman said: “Whether you want to play for fun or be right up there challenging for honours, there is a place for everyone to play.”
Tickets for Muddy Cows, priced from £12 to £21, are available by telephoning the New Vic Box Office on 01782 717962 or online at www.newvictheatre.org.uk.