The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich today begins performances of the world premiere production of Never Lost at Home, which tells the story of the 1980/81 UEFA football season and celebrates the 40th anniversary of Ipswich Town F.C.’s UEFA cup victory that year.
Written and directed by New Wolsey Theatre Artistic Director Peter Rowe, Never Lost At Home acts as a follow-up to Rowe’s previous production on the football club Our Blue Heaven, which had a sell-out run at the New Wolsey in 2018.
The production, which has its press night on Tuesday 21st September, recounts fans’ real stories of following Ipswich Town throughout the 1980/81 campaign through the fictional Ipswich family, the Coombes, as they try to find ways of following the Super Blues all over Europe – the difficulties they have to negotiate, the comical scrapes they get into, and the fantastic moments of togetherness and celebration that they experience in Paris after the St Etienne Game, in Amsterdam after the final victory and back on the Cornhill as the team bring the cup home for the victory parade.
Never Lost at Home features a catalogue of 1980s hits smash-hit songs from punk rock and disco to New Romantics and classic rock including Eye of the Tiger, Cold as Ice, I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down, Love Will Tear Us Apart and Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.
Peter Peverley (Once the Musical) returns to the New Wolsey Theatre to play the role of legendary Ipswich Town F.C. manager Sir Bobby Robson, which he previously played in Our Blue Heaven, with BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy voicing the match commentaries for the recreations of the iconic 1980/81 matches.
Alongside Peverley and Murphy, the full actor-musician cast are: Dan Bottomley (Once the Musical) as Arnold Muhren, Joe Butcher (Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story) as Scott, Daniel Carter-Hope (Made in Dagenham) as Jacek Machinski, Richard Costello (Guys and Dolls) as Paul, Josie Dunn (One Man, Two Guvnors) as Mel, Olivia Foster-Browne (The Book of Mormon) as Ange, Keanu Johnson as Smudger, Adam Langstaff (Miss Nightingale) as Kostas, Steve Simmonds (Tommy) as Nicos/Han and Sarah Whittuck (Our Blue Heaven) as Sheila with Anna Kitching and Abbie Griggs, from the New Wolsey’s Youth Theatre, sharing the role of Sue.
The production will also feature a community chorus of young people who will re-enact the iconic Ipswich Town F.C. matches of the 1980/1981 season.