Nothing To Do With Cricket

CRICKET clubs in South Cheshire will get chance to boost their profile and their profits this winter by staging an exciting new play about former England fast bowler Sydney 'SF' Barnes.

Nothing to do with Cricket is the inspirational short story of the charismatic Barnes, the former Staffordshire and Lancashire player who is widely considered by cricket historians as one of the greatest bowlers that ever lived.

Performed by actors from the award-winning Alsager Community Theatre (ACT), this innovative 45-minute play was inspired by the book SF Barnes: His Life and Times, a biography by cricket writer and broadcaster Andrew Searle, who played for several Cheshire clubs and now lives in Bulgaria.

Searle's book has been adapted by talented writer Andrew Stewart, and ACT are now inviting cricket clubs and pubs in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire area to host what will be the company's first ever piece of touring theatre.

"This is a hugely entertaining piece about the life and times of Sydney Barnes, the greatest bowler the world has ever seen," announced ACT Director Keith Plant.

"Barnes was a sublimely talented but difficult man who challenged authority and changed the nature of sport forever. The play bristles with drama about class, status and the evolution of 20th century sport.

"The show runs for about 45 minutes and promises fast-moving entertainment that will open your eyes about how to survive in sport - and why breaking records was less important than providing for your family for a man born into the filth and grime of Victorian poverty.

"It's funny, it's gritty, and in the end it's very touching - and it's a fantastic story which is guaranteed to warm the hearts of cricket lovers during the winter."

Nothing to do with Cricket opens at the Bank Corner pub in Alsager on November 17th and will be available to book until the end of January. The company plans to charge just £50 to cover expenses, with any profits raised being donated to national cricket charity Chance to Shine. Clubs can sell tickets and determine their own price (suggested amount £2-3), with the opportunity to boost bar profits and raise their profile within the community. ACT will provide free posters to publicise the event.

If your club is interested in booking this production please contact Keith on (01270) 883966.

Alsager Community Theatre ... S F Barnes Life & Times - Andrew Searle