Tom Wells'

Jumpers for Goalposts

Tom Wells

Piers Black

The Carne Studio Theatre

Saturday 23 October at 7:45pm
Tuesday 26 October at 7:45pm
Wednesday 27 October at 2:15pm
Thursday 28 October at 7:45pm

About the show

“Meant to be a laugh isn’t it? I thought? Sort of, comedy team names, we’re called ‘barely athletic’, nothing too, just, banter, jumpers for, for goalposts. Six weeks, four teams, play each other twice. Sunday afternoon fun.” 

A heart-warming comedy following a mostly LGBT five-a-side football team’s bid to win the league.

The pub league, that is. Viv, Barely Athletic’s head coach, is desperate to win. But Geoff wants to be performing on the main stage at Hull Pride, Luke is shy, Danny has a secret, and Joe is grieving the loss of his wife. 

Six weeks. Five players. Game on. 

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Tom Wells is a playwright whose work includes: Big Big Sky(Hampstead Theatre, 2021); Stuff (National Theatre Connections Festival, 2019); Drip, with music composed by Matthew Robins (Boundless Theatre, 2017/8); Broken Biscuits(Live Theatre/Paines Plough UK tour, 2016); Folk (Birmingham Rep & tour, 2016); Jumpers for Goalposts (Watford Palace Theatre, 2013); The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre, 2011) and Me, As A Penguin (Arcola Theatre, 2010).

Piers is Artistic Director of Manchester-based company, Ransack Theatre. He trained on the National Theatre Directors’ Course, and was Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre. He is recipient of the John Fernald Award, BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, and JMK Assistant Director Bursary.

As Director, theatre includes: Catching Comets (Pleasance London and Edinburgh, Royal Exchange and Theatr Clwyd), Crops (The Yard, Live Drafts), Love and Money (ALRA), Minus Touch (Royal Exchange); Moth (Hope Mill Theatre); The Dumb Waiter (Site Specific - Lucy Davis Vaults, NSDF and HOME); Solve (Edinburgh Fringe).

As Assistant / Associate Director, theatre includes: Light Falls (Royal Exchange) Stories (National Theatre); The Writer (Almeida Theatre); City of Glass (Lyric Hammersmith and HOME); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange and HighTide Festival); Yen (Royal Exchange).

He / Him

Contains strong language, haze, and sensitive content.

Creative Team

Piers Black

Cory Shipp

Movement Director
Anna Alvarez

Musical Director
Karoline Gable

Voice Coach
Salvatore Sorce

Lighting Designer
Callum Watson

Sound Designer
Murong Li


Zoë Birkbeck

Luke Hammond

Mark Hannah

Ethan Hughes

Jerome Yates

Production Team

Production Manager
Emily Compton

Stage Manager
Rebecca Harris

Deputy Stage Manager
Josette Shipp

Chief LX
Sam Tate

Dep. Chief/Programmer
Daisy Simmons

Production Carpenter
Claudia Penna Rojas

Production Sound Engineer
Michael Fleming

Wardrobe Supervisor
​​​​​​Olivia Weltz