Jumpers For Goalposts is a funny and tender observation of sporting underachievement

2 Dec

Metro

Theatre review: Jumpers For Goalposts

Rising writing star Tom Wells, author of the acclaimed The Kitchen Sink, tweaks the conventions of Richard Curtis-style romcom in his latest play. The thoroughly charming Jumpers For Goalposts is a bit like Notting Hill or Love, Actually – only Wells gives the action a gay, northern twist, relocating the action from the capital’s corridors of power to a down-at-heel football changing room in Hull.

Professional soccer isn’t the most socially or sexually progressive environment but the characters in Wells’s comedy drama play for Barely Athletic in the Hull Gay and Lesbian Five-A-Side League. When we meet them, they have just been beaten 5-0 by Lesbian Rovers.

The amateur matches are supposed to be a bit of fun but sweary head coach Viv is desperate to secure a trophy for her no-hopers, even if it’s only for coming third out of four.

All the players…

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