Derby Theatre to commemorate Rams’ 1946 FA Cup success

Published: 6 February 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Derby County beat Charlton Athletic at Wembley in 1946—the only time they have won the FA Cup Credit: Derby County FC

Derby Theatre is to produce a community play to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Derby County’s winning the FA Cup.

In autumn 2021, the theatre, Derby CAN (Creative Arts Network) and the community will produce a show which will include memories of the match in which the Rams beat Charlton Athletic 4–1 after extra time and how Derby has changed over the years.

Derby CAN is a three-year Arts Council England £1.5 million-funded project to “work, co-curate and co-create with different communities to support and strengthen the performing arts sector”.

Through Derby CAN, the theatre has engaged with Jamie Thrasivoulou to develop the story and script for the play. Thrasivoulou is the Derby County Football Club poet, a writer and a passionate East Midlander who likes nothing more than extolling the virtues of his home county of Derbyshire.

Derby Theatre’s artistic director Sarah Brigham and Paul Warwick will co-direct the play.

People are invited to join Thrasivoulou and members of the team at a virtual pub /café, a series of free online events for sharing stories. They will be held online via Zoom on Thursday 11 February at 6PM, Tuesday 16 February at 5PM and Friday 19 February at 10:30AM.