South Shields FC Inspire’s New Play

Image: Dale Meeks has written Everywhere We Go with Boyle Yer Stotts co-founder Iain Cunningham.

Boyle Yer Stotts is back with a new play based on South Shields FC’s historic FA Vase win.

Everywhere We Go, written by Dale Meeks and Iain Cunningham, tells the story of the then Northern Division 1 side’s 2016/17 cup run through the eyes of four fans.

More than 10,000 people travelled down to London to see The Mariners lift their first national trophy after beating Cleethorpes 4-0 at Wembley.

Dale Meeks said: “It is not just for football fans. It is a celebration of the town as a whole. I don’t think people are going to be bombarded with facts and figures and lots of in-jokes.”

The first half of the play introduces the friends and concentrates on the early stages of the competition. Whilst the second half focuses on the trip down to London, the fans gathering in Covent Garden and the match itself.

As Meek added, “When you look at the number of people who turned up at Wembley compared to the number of people who go to the games every week, a huge proportion of people just went because South Shields got to Wembley.”

Iain, who created Boyle Yer Stotts with Dale in 1998, said: “It’s great to be back working with Dale and bringing another Boyle Yer Stotts show to The Customs House. To be combining my two passions for football and theatre is really exciting.

Dale and Iain are busy putting the finishing touches to the script, but the play has been cast and rehearsals start in May – at Mariners Park, where the club now play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

After winning back-to-back promotions in 2016/17 and 2017/18, they are now pushing for promotion to the National League North.

Dale, who will direct the production, said: “The club has been very supportive and given us their full backing. They are really excited about it, which is great.”

Everywhere We Go will run from Wednesday, May 22, to Saturday, May 25, with performances at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced from £14, are available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or online at http://www.customshouse.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

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