‘Broken Time’ Premiere Success!

posted on 22 September 2011

The highly anticipated ‘Broken Time’ play had its world premiere at the Theatre Royal Wakefield last night.

Divided by class and united by passion; Broken Time is a gripping portrayal of how Rugby League burst painfully into life – a compelling story of one man’s obsession with the spirit of amateurism and another man’s determination to win at all costs

Mark Winder, Director of Education and Davide Longo, General Manager were in attendance last night and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Mark Said; ‘The play is exceptionally well written, produced, directed and acted. It is a tribute to all involved.”

“It is particularly pleasing to see that the co-producer, Jude Wright is from Wakefield. It is always great to see local people doing well.”

To mark the world premiere of ‘Broken Time’ we will be hosting a Wakefield Rugby Heritage Workshop featuring, displays, discussion and a talk by historian Professor Tony Collins. The event will take place prior to this Saturday’s Matinee at the Theatre Royal from 1.30pm until 3pm.

The display is centred around the ‘Ernest Parker Collection’ which is on loan from Huddersfield University in partnership with our very own Wildcats Community Trust.

Mark continued, “The ‘Ernest Parker’ (an important figure in the club during the 19th and early 20th Century) Collection has never been exhibited before.”

“Wakefield Wildcats Community Trust are currently carrying out a Heritage Lottery funded project entitled ‘Belle Vue Booked and Boxed.’ The project is providing a catalogue of oral and visual memories of Belle Vue Stadium, currently named the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. In addition the project will provide Primary Schools with Teaching resources that allow young people the opportunity to learn using the heritage of Rugby league and Wakefield Trinity as topic.”

“The website: www.wildcatsheritage.co.uk is now ‘live’.However we have not populated it with ‘memories’ and ‘evidence’ from the past as such. During the close season we will be adding things on a weekly basis and if anyone would like to contribute, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at the club.”

Broken Time Producer Jude Wright added, “Rugby League may have been born in Huddersfield in 1895 – but Wakefield has a strong claim to be the place where the game was conceived. Tony Collins has assured me that it was Wakefield Trinity player Teddy Bartram who was the first player to be paid to play rugby.”

“It was Crigglestone-born Dicky Lockwood who revolutionised the game in the 1890s as captain of Yorkshire and England. And it was a team from Thornes who pioneered rugby-league style forward play in the 1880s.”

Davide Longo also commented, “Come and find out more about the hidden history of rugby in Wakefield and discover the real-life drama that provides the backdrop to one of the most exciting plays, in my opinion, written about sport.’

For ticket information and to book your place at the most talked about production of the moment, please phone Theatre Royal Wakefield on 01924 211311.

The Wildcats would like to wish all involved with ‘Broken Time’ the very best of luch for the rest of their remaining tour dates.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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