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First Touch

Company: Nottingham Playhouse
Running time: 1h 45min approx

Behind the beautiful game lies a shocking truth

Clayton James, a 17-year-old Nottingham lad, dreams of becoming the next Viv Anderson. With a prodigious talent, the offer of a professional contract at a First Division club and a growing romance with girlfriend Serena, he appears to have the world at his feet.

But life in the late '70s isn’t easy for Clayton and his family, trying to make it in an era of racism and hooliganism. And Clayton’s steelworker dad Patterson faces an uncertain future as the Thatcher government faces off against the unions.

When his charismatic and powerful former coach, Lafferty, returns after four years away, Clayton is forced to confront painful memories of the past. Can he protect his loved ones from the truth of what he endured?

A world première, inspired by the recent football abuse scandals, about what it takes to fulfil your dreams by rising screenwriter Nathaniel Price (BBC’s Noughts and Crosses and Sky’s Tin Star).

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