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Up ‘n’ Under at Oxford Playhouse

By John Charlton

Oxford Playhouse welcomes John Godber’s award-winning comedy, Up ’n’ Under, in partnership with England Deaf Rugby Union, on Tuesday 27 February. Given fingersmiths’ spin, with a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using British Sign Language and spoken English, this unique production brings exciting visual and physical theatre to delight all audiences.

The Wheatsheaf Arms rugby team, the laughing stock of Castleford’s Amateur Rugby League Seven-a-Side tournament, have never won a game, don’t have seven players and spend more time in the pub than on the pitch. With just 5 weeks to go, our hero coach Arthur has to convince them they can beat the mighty Cobbler’s Arms, but first he has to work out how to communicate with them.

Headed by Tony Stoyles, Chairman of England Deaf Rugby Union and World Deaf Rugby, this first time collaboration promotes the awareness of, and to develop Deaf participation in, sport and the arts across the country.

Fingersmiths’ is a project funded company creating high quality theatre from the 20th Century canon of classical work, previously not available to Deaf audiences in their own language. Their work engages primarily, but not exclusively, with Deaf and disabled audiences, through the integration of BSL, and spoken or written English, presented equally on stage.

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Tickets for Up ‘n ‘Under at Oxford Playhouse start at £10 and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at