Up 'n' Under

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19th February 2018 to
24th February

Harrogate Theatre

Set up in a bet with his arch rival Reg, our hot-headed hero Arthur discovers he has to coach The Wheatsheaf Arms; bottom of Castleford’s Amateur Rugby League who have never won a game, don’t have 7 players and spend more time in the pub than on the pitch. They need to beat Reg’s team The Cobblers Arms who are top of the league, superbly fit, physically enormous and terrify every team they play.

But how does Arthur train his new team? They are Deaf, he doesn't sign and he only has 5 weeks to get his team into shape or he loses his house in the bet.

This fast moving and witty re-telling of John Godber’s award winning and much loved comedy, Up ’n’ Under, will delight audiences, bringing together fingermiths’ visual and physical storytelling with a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using British Sign Language and spoken English.



'Extraordinary practice that transforms contemporary classics for a 21stC audience' Audience member on Frozen

**** 'This is a production that sharpens your hearing by making you see language.’ The Guardian on Frozen

**** 'an extraordinary play... groundbreaking theatre' The Stage on Frozen

Cast and Creatives

Phil - Adam Bassett

Frank - Matty Gurney

Steve - Stephen Collins

Tony - Nadeem Islam

Arthur - Wayne 'Pickles' Norman

Reg - Willie Elliott

Hazel - Tanya Vital

Directed by Jeni Draper

Designed by Amy Jane Cook

Lighting Design by Ian Scott

Video Designer Stanley Orwin-Fraser

Sound Designer James Cook

Movement Luanna Priestman

BSL Consultant Jean St Clair

Voice Coach Elspeth Morrison


Every performance includes live Audio Description, British Sign Language and spoken English. Touch tours of the set and costumes are offered at 6:30pm every day, please book with box office or online.

  • Wednesday 21 February 2018 @ 7:30pm - Captioned
  • Thursday 22 February 2018 after show - BSL interpreted post show discussion by David Wycherle
  • Friday 23 February 2018 @ 7:30pm - Captioned
  • Saturday 24 February 2018 @ 2:30pm - Captioned


Ticket Prices and Information

Guidance: suitable for age 14+

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes, including interval

Stalls Full Price £18.50 Concessions £16.50
Circle Full Price £18.50 Concessions £16.50
Balcony Full Price £18.50 Concessions £16.50
Boxes seat 4* *£74.00

*Boxes may offer a restricted view

Venue Information

Harrogate Theatre
Box office
01423 502116
6 Oxford Street,
Show Dates and times

Book tickets online now or call our box office on 01423 502 116

Monday, 19 February 2018
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Friday, 23 February 2018
Saturday, 24 February 2018
Saturday, 24 February 2018