The Ruck


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Friday, 15 September 2017 - 7:30pm - Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 7:30pm
Main Stage, 7.30pm
£16 - £10 / Under 26 £8 / Kirklees Passport Holders £3 off
World Premiere
Creative Scene and The Lawrence Batley Theatre
Written by: 
Kevin Fegan
Joyce Branagh
Age recommendation: 
Post-show Discussion: Fri 15 September

See THE RUCK on its Yorkshire Tour:

Theatre Royal Wakefield, 18-19 September

Cast in Doncaster, 20-21 September

The Civic Barnsley, 22 September


From the Golden Mile to the Gold Coast: A new play inspired by the real life story of the first UK girls rugby league team to tour Australia.


All the way from Yorkshire UK, the original “County of Origin” of Rugby League, comes a new force to be reckoned with in the sport: the mighty Batley Girls Under 16 team.


This group of girls from a small Yorkshire town have grown up together and are ready for tough challenges on and off the pitch; but are they prepared for what's in store on the other side of the world?


Follow the story of these inspirational young women as they overcome boy (and girl) problems, friendship dramas, racial discrimination and deep-hidden family secrets, all set against the backdrop of a changing community in a diverse industrial town.


THE RUCK is an energetic story told with physical theatre and music, written by award-winning playwright Kevin Fegan and directed by Joyce Branagh.


‘Joyce Branagh’s direction neatly combines words, music and stylised movement that brings the physicality of the game alive’



The Ruck is a charming and sweet-natured show that casts some much-deserved light on the sporting achievements of young British women’



'A touching drama which pulls no punches'