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One Year Off at Old Joint Stock Theatre

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by Helen Knott (subscribe)
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Imagine a year without football
One Year Off tells the story of a United Kingdom deprived of its greatest passion: football.

In this surreal new play, a blanket-ban has been imposed on the 'beautiful game' in all its forms for 12 months. Any British citizen found to be engaging with the sport can, and will, be imprisoned. And for once, there seems to be cross-party support for the policy.

Told through the eyes of four people defined by football, One Year Off is a play about grief, desperation and delusion, and how we confront challenges to our identity. Both die hard fans and soccer sceptics will find a character to support.

One Year Off is the first play by writers Olly Forrester and Dom Fletcher, is directed by Robert F. Ball and performed by FRED Theatre.
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Why? Find out what life would be like without football
When: 16 - 18 July
Phone: 0121 200 0946
Where: Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham
Cost: 12 (10 concessions) (10 concessions)
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