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Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Students, former students and staff of Bolton School were joined by the public for a stunning evening performance of a new play, When The Eye Has Gone, produced by the School’s resident company Roughhouse Theatre and LiveWire Theatre.
The play, by turns funny and sad, was commissioned by The Professional Cricketers’ Association and follows the tragic decline of former England and Northamptonshire batsman Colin Milburn. The show toured all 18 County Cricket Clubs in November of last year and the school performance was the first of 2017 as the play begins its second national tour. The one man tour de force was written by James Graham-Brown, the former Kent and Derbyshire all-rounder turned playwright. It was superbly acted by Dan Gaisford and produced by Shane Morgan. It is set in the North Briton pub in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham on February 28 1990, the last day of Milburn’s life during his cabaret performance as ‘Jolly Ollie’, the character he had developed to conceal his insecurities and suffering.
You can read a Guardian article about Colin Milburn and the play here.
You can read a review of the play here.
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