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Muddy Cows show at New Vic

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 31, 2013

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 BAFTA-winning playwright John Godber is tackling the world of elite female rugby in his crunching new comedy.

Muddy Cows is at North Staffordshire’s New Vic from Tuesday 3 to Saturday 14 September 2013.

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 is in every way the poor relation to the man’s game. The women who play for no money, indeed it quite often costs them in terms of subscription and travel costs, 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 (Casualty, Goodnight Sweetheart, BBC), Claire Eden (Teechers, Hull Truck Theatre - John Godber), Una McNulty (Hollyoaks, Lime Pictures), Hayley Tamaddon (Emmerdale, Yorkshire Television; winner Dancing On Ice 2010, ITV), Amy Thompson (Milkshake, Channel 5) and Abi Titmuss (Up ‘n’ Under, Hull Truck Theatre - John Godber).

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

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