Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best, a fictional account of the turbulent 1971 weekend George Best spent in the Islington flat of Irish actress and intimate friend, Sinéad Cusack, is to open at The Space.
‘A moment in Best’s life that tells you a lot about what he had to face. Intense, well-acted and more about life than football.’ – Guillem Balague (award-winning Football Author, Journalist & Presenter)
Dropped from Man Utd for missing training, George, unbeknownst to anyone, journeyed to London to visit Sinéad. George’s whereabouts are discovered and hordes of press and adoring fans mobbed the flat, entrapping them both and turning the weekend into a live T.V. event.
Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best explores the strain placed on their relationship as two careers hang in the balance. What are the secrets these besieged stars are desperate to keep from the media circus?
George – ‘the footballer with magic in his boots but a self-destruct button in his soul’, football’s first ever major icon – known as The Fifth Beatle.
Sinead – an actress on her way up, just as George is on his way out, far too long before his time.
Two young Irish adults, exposed brutally to the media’s glare.
Following a successful tour (Soho, Belfast, Edinburgh), Cheese at Fourpence Theatre company are excited to revive Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best for a post-pandemic audience. Written, performed and produced by Robbie Martin and Rafaela Elliston, the 2 week run at the Space is being directed by the Space’s Associate Director, Sepy Baghaei.
Artistic Director of the Space, Adam Hemming, says “We’re thrilled to be hosting this accomplished piece, centring on a fascinating moment in history. Although it happened 50 years ago, the themes of being trapped inside your home and dealing with changes in your life will certainly resonate with audiences in 2021.”
Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best is at The Space 27th July -5th August. Tickets are on sale here.