Wise Men Say / Cornered

6 – 22 September 2017
The Peacock, Sunderland | Gala Theatre, Durham | Arts Centre, Washington | Customs House, South Shields

This double-bill of brand new plays about Sunderland AFC comes to venues around the North-East later in the year.

Wise Men Say by Paul Dunn
In 1997, Sunderland’s beloved Roker Park was pulled down.  What could possibly replace this ground? This hallowed turf? This sanctuary?…  Then came a Phoenix from the flames – a Stadium to bring new dreams, new hope. New Light.

This new play, by Paul Dunn (Performance of the Year 2014 for I Left My Heart In Roker Park) , charts the journey through 20 years of the ups and downs of life, work, love and loss – and following the Lads at the Stadium of Light!

Cornered by Jeff Brown
On 24th of March 1985, a dream comes true for a young football player from Sunderland.  Just 18 years old, Dave Corner runs out onto the hallowed Wembley turf, to play in a cup final for his beloved home team. Less than 90 minutes later, a slip up on the pitch turns the dream into his worst nightmare – from which his pride, his physical safety, and ultimately his career, never recovers.

This funny and at times poignant play by BBC Look North’s Jeff Brown finds out what happened to Davey Corner after that fateful day against the Canaries.

“Paul Dunn truly embodies the character. He makes the emotional transitions, both personal and sporting, seamless and carries the audience along with him every step of the way. He is completely at home on the stage and we, the audience, do feel that we are in a one-to-one conversation with this engaging man.”
British Theatre Guide on
I Left My Heart In Roker Park.