New Northern football play Deadline Day comes to Theatre N16 in September

Deadline Day

August 30th – September 16th, 7.30pm, Theatre N16


BAFTA Rocliffe winning writer John Hickman and Steve Robertson’s new play about class, the North-South divide and the beautiful game premieres at Theatre N16 this Autumn, directed by Theatre N16 associate director Sarah Chapleo.

“The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football” Terry Pratchett

It’s the last day of the transfer window. United, the North East’s biggest club, have put their star player up for sale, and a super-rich London club have bid. You’re United’s biggest fan and the driver transporting the player down south. What do you do?

Deadline Day will star an all Northern cast, including Middlesbrough football club chairman’s daughter Victoria Gibson.

John Hickman is a screenwriter, director and author based in Newcastle upon Tyne. As well as being selected for this year’s prestigious Guiding Lights mentor scheme, he has successfully completed a BBC Drama shadow scheme, and is now writing for a number of BBC series. His children’s television script The Things was a winner of the BAFTA Rocliffe and BBC Writersroom children’s writing competitions and his children’s book Freaks United was shortlisted for the James Reckitt Children’s Book Award. Formerly a social worker, John has an MA in Creative Writing as well as a PhD with a focus on the onscreen fictional depiction of children.

Theatre N16 is a trailblazing London fringe venue, focused on producing and programming top quality new writing and selected existing works. Theatre N16 is proud of their commitment to the welfare and development of creatives, operating under an Equity Fringe Agreement. This promoting and nurturing of talent means that Theatre N16 is a bastion for development within the context of a society in which the arts are increasingly struggling to stay afloat.