The Twelfth Player

 

Devised by Seven Sisters Group
(Sophie Jump & Susanne Thomas)

Sixfields Stadium
Northampton

22 June – 12 July 2017(closed Mondays)

£5 per person

 

An audio-visual performance at Sixfields Stadium – taking place in the real world and on screen – that blends site-specific performance and handheld video technology, to move audiences seamlessly between brilliantly observed characters and placing them right in the heart of the action.

 
“Really enjoyable experience, went around the show with a big smile on my face from start to finish”
 
“I really enjoyed the play between dance, the fans and the sport itself”
 
“A wonderful tribute to the football club… the supporters… and the legend Tommy ‘flash’ Fowler”
 

2015/16 was arguably the most dramatic and euphoric Season in the Cobblers’ long and colourful history. In the dark days of November, the Club was deep in trouble. Staff and players were not getting paid, and Administration was a very real possibility. But through the dedication of their extraordinary fans – the team’s twelfth player – they made an amazing recovery, welcoming a remarkable takeover, bouncing back into League 1 and winning the Club’s first League title for 29 years.

The Twelfth Player is a unique collaboration between Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Royal & Derngate and Northampton Town Football Club. This summer, audiences will get a special opportunity to go behind the scenes on a 45 minute walking tour around Sixfields Stadium itself and through the past seventy years of the Club’s history, viewing the passionate world of football through the eyes of three generations of a family of Cobblers supporters.

Contact the Royal & Derngate to book tickets, priced £5 per person.

22 June – 12 July (closed Mondays)

Please wear warm, comfortable clothing for the walking tour.

The performances will continue in light rain, and umbrellas will be provided. However, in the case of heavy rain, the performances will have to be postponed, in which case we will offer a refund or an alternative date.

The majority of the tour is wheelchair accessible, but please inform the Royal & Derngate when booking if you have mobility issues, since part of the tour is only accessible via stairs.

Background

 

Sophie Jump and Susanne Thomas (Seven Sisters Group) researched histories and other stories associated with the fans and supporters of Northampton Town Football Club. They met many fans and heard many stories including Tommy Fowler’s life story, who was shot in the trenches in the Second World War before joining the Club; Ashley Kitesmark, a season ticket holder who became their mascot for 4 seasons; and James Averill, a lifelong fan and now the Supporters’ Club’s Press Officer.

The work is being developed in collaboration with script writer Richard Hurford and composer Craig Vear.

Please support our crowdfunding campaign to produce a video documentary about The Twelfth Player which ends on 27 June:

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-twelfth-player

 

Funded by Arts Council England and Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

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