Two brand new plays based around football will get their first airing at Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation next week (Thursday 24 November).

‘Plays, Pints and the Beautiful Game’ is the brainchild of actor, producer and Newcastle United fan, Heather Carroll, from troublehouse theatre.

Heather explains: “We were given scripts to look at by two local writers and, coincidentally, they both revolve around football.

“I’m a huge Newcastle fan and was keen to help develop their ideas, as well as bringing people to the theatre who might not normally consider it.

“The evening will consist of script in hand extracts from the two plays, followed by an opportunity for the audience to plays-pints_edited-1feedback with their thoughts.”

troublehouse theatre was formed in 2014 by Rick Bithell and Heather Carroll.  They aim to provide audiences with professional quality theatre, at an affordable price, in venues other than established theatre spaces, and to promote new talent and new writing in the North.

Heather adds: “As well as developing local talent, we thought it would be appropriate to help raise money for a local charity, too.  Like most people, my family’s been affected by cancer and we immediately thought of fundraising for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

“I asked the writers, Gary O’Donnell and Paul Eslam, if they thought it was a good idea and they loved it.  It seems the right thing to do and Sir Bobby’s even quoted in one of the plays.

“We’re not asking people to buy tickets, just to pay what they’d like to on the night and all the money will go to Sir Bobby’s Foundation.”

Sir Bobby launched his charity in 2008 and it has gone on to raise over £10 million to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

The work funded directly benefits cancer patients in the North East and Cumbria and plays a significant role in the international fight against the disease.

Working within the NHS, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation does not employ professional fundraisers to proactively raise money and relies completely on third party, volunteer fundraisers and the incredible generosity of the general public.

Most recently, the charity made a £1million contribution to fund clinical research and nursing posts at the new Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre at Newcastle University.

Capacity for ‘Plays, Pints and the Beautiful Game’ is just 65.  Tickets can be reserved in advance via Alphabetti Theatre’s website (

‘Plays, Pints and the Beautiful Game’ begins at 7.30pm on Thursday 24 November and the venue is Alphabetti Theatre, The Basement, 18 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW.