fingersmiths in co-production with The New Wolsey Theatre

John Godber's Up ’n’ Under 

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.     


Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm

Saturday matinee, 2.30pm


£16.50 (£14.50 under 26)


Every performance includes live Audio Description, British Sign Language and spoken English. 


'Extraordinary practice that transforms contemporary classics for a 21st century audience (audience member on Frozen)

‘This is a production that sharpens your hearing by making you see language..’ The Guardian **** on Frozen

‘An extraordinary play... groundbreaking theatre’ The Stage **** on Frozen

Rehearsal Images

Up 'N' Under