The Giant Killers
An inspiring true story of love, life and football’s greatest ever underdogs.
Saturday 20 October : 7.30pm
Sunday 21 October : 7.30pm
Recommended age : 12+
This heartfelt and entertaining true story tells of the plight of Lancashire mill workers, the challenges faced by the mill owner, and the family joys and tragedies encountered by townsfolk, as they come together to rise up against prevailing social prejudice and the might of the Football Association, to win the respect of the nation, and earn a place in history.
The Giant Killers premiered at The Rose Theatre Edinburgh as part of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. Here is what the critics said :
It’s clear from the opening moments that this is a work of quality, both in terms of writing and acting… What makes it stand apart is that there is depth to the storyline, this isn’t just a tale of the poor working man, there’s a story here of community and family that underpins the whole thing. There’s also a wonderfully three-dimensional female lead, foul-mouthed, spirited, independent and the match of any of the men.
Everybody loves an underdog, but that’s not the only reason to love this. The four-strong cast is impeccable and the writing and delivery builds excitement, creates pathos and enthrals from start to finish.
A real belter …
★★★★★The Reviews Hub
The Giant Killers is a wonderful dramatisation of the true story of a group of mill workers in Lancashire who were joined by two talented Glaswegians (things must have been different in Scotland!) so that Darwen could take on mighty The Old Etonians in a F.A. Cup tie in London’s Kennington Park. A real-life David and Goliath set up !..
The Giant Killers has a fantastic script with tremendous all round performances from the entire troupe. It is high quality theatre …
Each of the four cast members create the sense of a small group fighting hard for something larger than themselves. Eve Pearson-Wright’s performance as quick-witted and determined club secretary Lucy is a particular highlight.
This kind of David vs Goliath scenario will be familiar to audiences who have enjoyed films such as Billy Elliot, The Full Monty and Brassed Off over the years. However, The Giant Killers proves that, if told with a deftness of touch, there is still mileage in a tear-jerking underdog story.
Directed by Andrew Loudon (director of the West End productions of Carries War, Little Women and Cool Hand Luke).