fingersmiths & The New Wolsey Theatre present John Godber’s Up ‘n’ Under, UK Tour Spring 2018



Up n Under promotional image

fingersmiths in co-production with The New Wolsey Theatre present
Up ’n’ Under
by John Godber

Set up in a bet with his arch rival Reg, our hot-headed hero Arthur discovers he has to coach The Wheatsheaf Arms; bottom of Castleford’s Amateur Rugby League who have never won a game, don’t have 7 players and spend more time in the pub than on the pitch.
They need to beat Reg’s team The Cobblers Arms who are top of the league, superbly fit, physically enormous and terrify every team they play.

But how does Arthur train his new team? They are Deaf, he doesn’t sign and he only has 5 weeks to get his team into shape or he loses his house in the bet.

This fast moving and witty re-telling of John Godber’s award winning and much loved play, Up ’n’ Under, will delight audiences, bringing together fingermiths’ visual and physical storytelling with a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using British Sign Language and spoken English.


The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Wed 7 – Sat 10 February 2018
New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS

The Key Theatre Studio, Peterborough
Mon 12 – Wed 14 Feb 2018
The Key Theatre Studio, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

The Albany at Canada Water Theatre, London
Thu 15 – Sat 17 Feb 2018’s-Up-‘n’-Under
Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR

Harrogate Theatre
Mon 19 – Sat 24 Feb 2018
Harrogate Theatre, 6 Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1QF

Oxford Playhouse
Tue 27 Feb 2018
Oxford Playhouse, 11/12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW

Cast in Doncaster
Thu 1 – Sat 3 Mar 2018
Cast in Doncaster, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU

The Lowry, Salford
Tue 6 – Wed 7 Mar 2018
The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

Derby Theatre Studio
Fri 9 – Sat 10 Mar 2018
Derby Theatre Studio,15 Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF

Birmingham Rep Studio
Mon 12 – Wed 14 Mar 2018
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP

Sheffield Theatres Studio
Fri 16 – Sat 17 Mar 2018
Sheffield Theatres Studio, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1DA

Exeter Northcott Theatre
Thu 22 – Sat 24 Mar 2018
Northcott Theatre, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4QB

fingersmiths is working in partnership with England Deaf Rugby Union (Associate of the RFU) and with Rugby League Clubs across the country.

We share the ambition to increase awareness of Deaf participation in sport; raise awareness of partnerships between arts and sport and increase attendance of new audiences in theatres.

For more information, please visit

Every performance includes live Audio Description, British Sign Language and spoken English. Some performances will feature creative captioning – ask Box Offices for details.