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With a World Cup campaign on the horizon, a new play by Paul Hodson, to be seen at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre on Friday, May 9, is particularly timely.

England Away is the latest production from The Future is Unwritten, with Hodson directing his own play, and gets under way at 7.30pm.

It is a comedy that delves into themes of passion, patriotism and ‘Englishness’ through three distinct scenarios.

The story begins in 2001, as four very different England fans are thrown together in Germany the night before an astonishing 5-1 victory for England.

Jump back to 1944 and two men argue and dream about the land they have been fighting for on their way home from Germany, contemplating their hopes and fears for a new England.

The action is intercut with stand-up comedy routines from Eddy Brimson in the present, punctuating scenes with provocative and hard-hitting material about football culture, what it means to be English and what’s happening in the world that day. The show is suitable for those aged 14 and over.

England Away is a winning combination of drama and stand-up comedy, disrupting theatrical conventions to offer new perspectives on national identity during the run-up to the world cup.

The Future is Unwritten have been touring their inimitable style of theatre since 2009. They are best known for Meeting Joe Strummer (UK tour), Fever Pitch (Two UK tours and West End) and Brighton ‘Til I Die (Theatre Royal Brighton) to celebrate the opening of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club’s new stadium.

England Away develops writer and director Paul Hodson’s tradition of exploring social and topical issues through telling stories inspired by popular culture.

Tickets, priced at £12 are available on 01332 255800.