Muddy Cows gets world premiere at Scarborough

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Crashing tackles, rucking mothers and real life hookers are the themes – Abi Titmuss and Elizabeth Carling are among the stars in a new play.

Muddy Cows – a new comedy from John Godber – is about a women’s rugby team and gets its world premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, next month.

Ex-England international rugby union player Maggie Deakin is about to step down as coach of the Muddy Cows, but there’s a final crunch match to be played.

Maggie rallies her team to take on the unbeatable New Zealand side, The Black Ferns.

Personal battles play out on the pitch as a team of nurses, students, receptionists, lawyers and housewives fight to excel in what was once uniquely a man’s world.

BAFTA-winning playwright John Godber has written extensively about sport, including iconic rugby league comedy Up ‘n’ Under, which won an Olivier Award and was made into a feature film.

“Women’s rugby union is in every way the poor relation to the man’s game; the women who play for no money ­– indeed it quite often costs them in terms of subscription and travel costs – have a real passion for the sport,” John said.

“Many of the women I spoke to said they weren’t even bothered if they won or lost: it was playing the game with friends and colleagues that was the most important feature.” It opens on July 4 and runs on various dates until October 4.

Tickets for Muddy Cows at the SJT, costing from £10 and £24.50, can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01723 370541.