When it comes to finding a new hobby, joining a sports team and attending one of the most enjoyable drama schools London has to offer seem like two very different choices – however, as the UK’s theatre scene is proving at the moment, there are some great parallels between the worlds of sport and drama.
In fact, according to the Guardian, plays and dramatic pieces inspired by sports are the next big thing. Not only is sport an always prominent undercurrent to our daily lives, which is perhaps guilty of being underexplored in the past, it has been given an even bigger profile with huge starring roles within British culture since the 2012 Olympics.
In terms of attracting a different audience to the theatre, it might just be the perfect ticket – with the Guardian presenting some new and recent productions for consideration by would-be theatre fans. The Nap, a play about snooker, is currently being held at the Sheffield Crucible; The Man With The Hammer and Beryl, two plays about cycling, are also two new premieres in Plymouth and London respectively; while at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, an adaptation of David Pearce’s The Damned United, a football drama, has just been unveiled.
However, the article also noted that as many people who might be attracted by the sporting nature are also put off by it, with ticket sales of previous productions of Bend It Like Beckham and The Red Lion underperforming somewhat.
We hope that this new spate of sporty theatre performances will attract more people to these productions though, and with it, bring new interest and passion for acting and the theatre.