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Hands Up For Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot

Hands Up For Jonny Wilkinsons Right Boot

by Dougie Blaxland

It is the Rugby World Cup 2015 and three ardent rugby fans find themselves arguing as to which is the greatest moment in the game's history: Francois Piennaar receiving the World Cup from Nelson Mandela in 1997, Jonah Lomu's four astonishing tries for New Zealand against England in the same year, or Jonny Wilkinson's dramtic last minute drop goal in the 2003 World Cup Final.

Disagreements are put on hold when a mysterious stranger arrives and offers options involving Frederick Stanley Jackson - a Cornish tin miner who had been on the first ever British Lions tour to New Zealand in 1908.

As the tale of Jackson's extraordinary life unfolds Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot travels back and forth from the present day to the early 1900's via such moments as Cornwall's County Championship victory of 1908, South Africa's emotional World Cup victory on home soil in 1997 and England's last minute win in Australia in 2003.

In this fast paced comedy, incorporating song, physical theatre and a re-enactment of the All-Blacks' legendary Haka, the four actors swap roles at breakneck speed to bring some of rugby's greatest players to life, including Jonny Wilkinson dropping that famous World Cup Winning goal with his right boot.

As well as being a hilarious comedy Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot offers a fascinating commentary on how rugby, dominated in its early years by the British Public Schools, excluded players from the working classes or ethnic minorities in its determination to remain an amateur game.

Full of dramatic twists and turns Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot is a play to delight audiences of all ages.

For your chance to vote for the greatest moment ever and to discover why a player as great as Frederick Jackson almost disappeared from the pages of rugby history don't miss Live Wire Theatre's brilliant new show.


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