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Hands Up For Jonny Wilkinson’s Left Boot – Sterts Theatre
October 9, 2015 @ 7:00 pm| £10, conc £8, child £6
It is the Rugby World Cup 2015 and three ardent rugby fans find themselves arguing about the greatest moment in the game’s history: Francois Piennaar receiving the World Cup from Nelson Mandela in 1997, Jonah Lomu’s four astonishing tries for New Zealand against England in the same year, or Jonny Wilkinson’s dramatic last minute drop goal in the 2003 World Cup Final.
Disagreements are put on hold when a mysterious stranger forces arrives and offers a fourth option involving Frederick Stanley Jackson – a Cornish tin miner who had been on the first ever British Lions tour to New Zealand in 1908.
As the tale of Jackson’s extraordinary life unfolds Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson’s Right Boot travels back and forth from the present day to the early 1900’s via legendary rugby moments including: Cornwall’s County Championship victory of 1908, South Africa’s emotional World Cup victory on home soil in 1997 and England’s last minute win in Australia in 2003.
In this fast paced comedy full of song, rhyme and physical theatre the four actors swap roles at breakneck speed to bring some of rugby’s greatest players to life, including the All-Black’s Haka and of course Jonny Wilkinson dropping that famous World Cup Winning goal with his right boot.
As well as being a hilarious comedy Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson’s Right Boot offers a fascinating commentary on how rugby, dominated in its early years by the British Public Schools, excluded players from the working classes or ethnic minorities in its determination to remain an amateur game.
Full of dramatic twists and turns Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson’s Right Boot is a play to delight audiences of all ages.