Jumpers for Goalposts

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The Bush Theatre presents a Paines Plough, Hull Truck and Watford Palace Theatre production

‘I’m not asking you to win. I’m asking you to just: chuck your face at it, have a, have a fucking good go at it. And then we’ll. Yeah. We’ll see.’

Luke wants Danny, but Danny’s got a secret. Joe’s happy in goal but Geoff wants a headline gig. Viv just wants to beat the lesbians to the league title. Game on.

A hilarious and heart-warming story about football, friendship and finding your way from Tom Wells, winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright 2012 for the smash hit comedy THE KITCHEN SINK (***** Telegraph) produced by the Bush.

Jumpers for Goalposts was originally co-commissioned by Paines Plough, Hull Truck and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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“Tom Wells’ drama finds extraordinary beauty in the ordinary lives of its characters.”
Financial Times
“It cracked open my heart.”
Sunday Express
“You won’t know whether to laugh or cry (you’ll probably do both).”
Public Reviews
"a stunning piece of writing - fresh, funny, painful, engaging."
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Philip Duguid-McQuillan

Philip plays Luke

Training: Birmingham School of Acting.

Theatre includes: THE HISTORY BOYS (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick), EXECUTION OF JUSTICE by Emily Mann (Southwark Playhouse), PUNK ROCK by Simon Stephens (Kaleidoscope).

Film includes: Eliminate: Archie Cookson (Agent Pictures).

Vivienne Gibbs

Vivienne plays Viv.

Training: LAMDA

Theatre includes: BLOOD CARMEN (Moving Theatre and Théâtre Éphéméride), THE LAST CURIOUSITY (Young Vic workshop), THE NATURE OF THINGS (The Place), LONG TOOTH by Trudi Jackson/Vivienne Gibbs (Gilded Balloon), SPLENDOUR by Abi Morgan (Cobden Club), THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED, THE LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION (Occam's Razor), ELEPHANT MAN (Union Theatre, Sincera Brazil tour), MUD, LA ENTREVISTA (Arcola), MARTINE MCCUTCHEON NEEDS ME (Soho Theatre Studio).

  • Vivienne is proud to be one of the many arts professionals who volunteer their time and talents to the renowned children’s mentoring theatre charity, Scene and Heard.

TV includes: Comedy Lab (Channel 4).

Film includes: Act of God (Giant Films), Atonement (Working Title), Rabbit Fever (Rabbit Reproductions).

Andy Rush

Andy plays Geoff.

Training: Birmingham School of Acting.

Theatre includes: THE KITCHEN SINK by Tom Wells (Bush Theatre), HELLO/GOODBYE by Peter Souter (Hampstead Theatre), LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (The Lamb Players), SENSE by Anja Hilling (Made by Brick), ANNA KARENINA (Arcola Theatre), ROMEO AND JULIET (Cheltenham Everyman).

Film includes: Here and Now (Small But Tall Films Ltd).

Television includes: Holby City (BBC), Wizards vs Aliens (BBC), New Tricks (Wall To Wall Ltd), Casualty (BBC).

Matt Sutton

Matt plays Joe

Theatre includes: YPS KING LEAR (RSC), ROMEO AND JULIET and THE GAME by Harold Brighouse (Northern Broadsides), UP ON ROOF by Richard Bean (Hull Truck Theatre), THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH (West Yorkshire Playhouse), STEVE AND THEN IT ENDED by Adam Usden (Theatre503), ME & MY FRIEND by Gillian Plowman (King’s Head, Islington), NIGHT CELLAR (BAC), MACBETH (National Youth Theatre).

Television includes: Emmerdale, Distant Shores, Shakespeare Stories: Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew, 55 Degrees North, FC Dave, Cocaine Nation, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, The Bill: Beech is Back, Forest People, Kid’s Court.

Film includes: Goal 2: Living the Dream, Peter, How to Film Your Neighbour, The Notebooks of Cornelius Crow, Mystery Play.

Radio includes: Guardian Angel, Stories for Another Day, Abandoned Projects, The Land of Green Ginger, King of the Road (all BBC Radio 4), Writing the City (BBC Radio 3).

Jamie Samuel

Jamie plays Danny

Training: Arts Ed School Of Acting

Theatre includes: THE KITCHEN SINK by Tom Wells (Hull Truck Theatre), 66 BOOKS (Bush Theatre), PUSHING UP POPPIES by Kieran Lynn (Theatre 503), BLANDED by Frazer Flintham (Bush Theatre), 2ND MAY 1997 by Jack Thorne (Bush Theatre/Royal Exchange Manchester), THE ENGLISH GAME by Richard Bean (Headlong), THE CONSERVATORY by Mark Dooley (Old Red Lion Theatre).

Film includes: Territory (50 West Productions)

TV includes: The Promise (Channel 4/Daybreak Pictures), A Touch Of Frost (ITV), Doctors (BBC), The Bill (ITV)

Short Film includes: Own Worst Enemy (Grosvenor Television), The Coward (Curzon, Soho).

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