Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fans Will Enjoy Top United Show; Young Reviewer ROBERT HARDIE Catches You Really Couldn't Make It Up, at Live Theatre, Newcastle, until July 10

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fans Will Enjoy Top United Show; Young Reviewer ROBERT HARDIE Catches You Really Couldn't Make It Up, at Live Theatre, Newcastle, until July 10

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Byline: ROBERT HARDIE

YOU would think that a show with four people reading from a script about a spectacularly awful season of football would make for rather depressing viewing.

Well, you would be wrong. As they quite rightly state, this is the only club you could write a play about and You Really Couldn't Make It Up is a great watch for fans of Newcastle United.

Sure the focus is on the bad points of a turbulent year and it does move along slowly at times.

But what grabs your attention is the emotion of it all and the fact they're saying on stage what all the fans are thinking.

The loves and pet hates from former glories to the inaccurate national media portrayal of Geordies works well in gaining audience approval.

Using opinions from press cuttings may not have broken new ground, but where this show really stands out is the fictional depiction of what happened between main players Kevin Keegan, Mike Ashley and Alan Shearer.

Ashley is cast as the 'pantomime villain' and this creates a resonance which relates to real life events. …

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