Not A Game For Boys

Phoenix Productions in association with Red Kettle Theatre Company presents


NOT A GAME FOR BOYS by Simon Block


’A funny, thought-provoking and foul-mouthed exploration of loyalty, masculinity and the dwindling of ambition … (Manchester Evening News)
NOT A GAME FOR BOYS by Simon Block has, since its first production in 1995, played all over the world and now makes it’s Cork Debut in this new production by Phoenix Productions in association with Red Kettle.

Starring Kieran Doyle, Trevor Somers and Stephen Forristal and directed by Ben Hennessy this razor sharp comedy about three cabbies competing in a local table tennis league is a guaranteed great night at the theatre…
Three desperate men, relegation night in the Ping Pong Premier League – it’s all to play for.

Eric, Oscar and Tony are taxi drivers who escape for one evening a week to play table tennis as a team in a local amateur league. Eric is the enthusiastic team captain who would rather die than be relegated to division two and who keeps getting calls from his wife whom he has left to look after his senile mother. Oscar has never married and lives alone, and seems to have been very much affected by having just attended the funeral of a fellow player who died alone and unliked by pretty much everyone. Tony is much younger than the others, and a casual affair in the back of his taxi is threatening to destroy his relationship. Tony has to choose between completing the crucial match and going home to rescue his relationship, but his colleagues have very different views on which he should choose.
‘The audience laughing raucously, loudly and often. This is popular comedy done well that doesn’t talk down to its audiences or short-change them with something simplistic and under-written … a very funny and entertaining night at the theatre’ (The British Theatre Guide)