A PERSON’S relationship with ‘the beautiful game’ is something that is bound up in their identity and often stays with them for a life-time.
It is a relationship which celebrated author Nick Hornby explores in his novel Fever Pitch, an autobiographical tale of growing up as an Arsenal fan.
Now, 20 years after the best-selling book was published, Paul Hodson’s adaptation will be performed at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre on 3rd October.
Paul says: “It charts Nick’s obsession with football when he was growing up.”
Paul, who is an avid Brighton Albion supporter, says that a person often supports the same team throughout their life-time and it is something that passes down the generations.
The novel and the play cover a period of around 20 years, from the late 1960s until 1989 when football was very different to today, with the increase in players’ wages being one of the most obvious differences.
Paul said: “There’s one moment where a character is angry with a player and he says, ‘£100 a week! You earn £100 a week!’”
Meanwhile, Paul is also hoping that the play will attract football fans who would perhaps not normally consider going to the theatre.
The show, which is at 7.30pm, is suitable for anyone aged over 14-years-old due to some strong language.
Tickets are £13 (£12 for concessions) and Stags season ticket holders can save £1.
And anyone who wears their team’s favourite shirt will receive 10 per cent off bar sales.
For details call Mansfield 633133 or visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre.
• We have teamed up with the Palace to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets. All you need to do is answer the following questions:
Q: Who wrote the novel Fever Pitch?
Send your entry to Catherine Allen, Chad, 121, Newgate Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 2PA before 1st October.