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First Touch

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  2f, 5m

Nathaniel Price

A gripping and heartfelt drama about what it takes to fulfil your dreams, by screenwriter Nathaniel Price (BBC’s Noughts and Crosses and Sky’s Tin Star).

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    2f, 5m
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Clayton James, a 17-year-old Nottingham lad, dreams of becoming the next Viv Anderson. With a prodigious talent, the offer of a professional contract at a First Division club and a growing romance with girlfriend Serena, he appears to have the world at his feet.

But life in the late 70s isn’t easy for Clayton and his family, trying to make it in an era of racism and hooliganism. And Clayton’s steelworker dad Patterson faces an uncertain future as the Thatcher government faces off against the unions.

When his charismatic and powerful former coach, Lafferty, returns after four years away, Clayton is forced to confront painful memories of the past. Can he protect his loved ones from the truth of what he endured?

A world premiere, inspired by the recent football abuse scandals, First Touch is a gripping and heartfelt drama about what it takes to fulfil your dreams, by screenwriter Nathaniel Price (BBC’s Noughts and Crosses and Sky’s Tin Star).

COURTNEY
CLAYTON
SERENA
FREYA
PATTERSON
UNCLE KEVIN
LAFFERTY
YOUNG CLAYTON

  • Time Period 1970s

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“A football world mired in racism and abuse vividly evoked.” — The Times

“You’ll come away feeling very touched by this heartfelt, thrilling production of First Touch which scores goal after goal on all theatrical fronts.” — East Midlands Theatre

“Sexual abuse blights the beautiful game.” — The Guardian

“An uncomfortable story of sexual abuse in football.” — The Telegraph

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Nathaniel Price

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