Love It If We Beat Them

Author(s): Rob Ward
Company: Live Theatre in association with Emmerson and Ward Productions

Football, politics and the labour of love. A new play about how things can only get better.

Set against the backdrop of the infamous Premier League season when Newcastle United almost won under the management of Kevin Keegan. It explores the questions: what is power without principle? and what are principles without power?

It’s spring 1996, Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United are riding high in the Premier League and Tony Blair’s New Labour are gathering pace. Hope is in the air and victory seems within reach.

Len, a long-term, hard-left activist, has decided to run as a candidate for local Labour MP, but the arrival of Victoria from Manchester as New Labour’s frontrunner throws a spanner in the works.

With loyalties tested and tensions reaching fever pitch, the winning team will be decided in an explosive head-to-head challenge.


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