Life through a cricket lens

PUBLISHED: 18:22 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

Cricket and politics collide in Richard Bean s dazzling new play, a vivid and funny exploration of the modern British psyche seen through the lens of a simple game of cricket.

Cricket and politics collide in Richard Bean's dazzling new play, a vivid and funny exploration of the modern British psyche seen through the lens of a simple game of cricket.

Brilliantly comic, touching and true, The English Game reveals the political and social tensions which underpin British society in the 21st century, and what it means to be English in 2008.

It is an ambitious state-of-the-nation play in the epic tradition of David Hare and David Storey.

The Nightwatchmen are an amateur cricket team from London who make up for in enthusiasm what they lack in ability. As they gather on a sunny afternoon to face Bernard and his squad, The Nightwatchmen while away the hours smoking, drinking lots of tea and discussing life, love and politics and the correct interpretation of the LBW rule.

Tickets for the production, which runs at the Exeter Northcott from Tuesday, May 20 to Saturday, May 24, are available by calling (01392) 493493.

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