Laughter is the real goal in stage comedy about football

Ross Dean (Degsy) Peter Foster (Greaves) Ian Robertson (Cliff) in God's Official at the Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley
Ross Dean (Degsy) Peter Foster (Greaves) Ian Robertson (Cliff) in God's Official at the Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley
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This fast-paced comedy by Robert Farquhar is aimed at appealing to everyone, not just fans of the ‘beautiful game’.

Cliff (Ian Robertson)and Degsy (Ross Dean) are devastated that a dodgy refereeing decision has condemned their beloved team to relegation.

Seeking retribution and fair play, the duo decide to abduct the referee Greaves (Peter Foster).

The ransom?

Admitting his mistake and playing the game again.

As their half-baked plan goes increasingly awry, they soon realise that the referee they’ve decided to kidnap is even more annoying off the pitch than he is on it.

As full time beckons, will the clueless duo get the victory they’d hoped for or have they scored a spectacular own goal?

Love, passion and friendship get the red card in this very funny look at what could have been – on and off the pitch – for all life’s dreamers.

Directed by Phil Shepherd, the show runs until Saturday.

The production at the theatre in Westgate, Barnsley, contains very strong language. Box office: call 01226 200075 or go online to http://www.intelligent-tickets.com/

The Lamproom Theatre Company has a season ticket offer available until Saturday on three featured productions.

The three plays that form the season ticket are God’s Official, a show called Two, running from April 7 to 12 and Sparkles, which is on stage from May 16 to 24.

The cost for all three productions is £28, which represents a saving of at least £5.