For those of you not in the know, those of you who have real lives, ones not dominated by fixture lists and leagues, Newcastle United had a pretty rubbish year. So rotten that they are now in an entierly different league to the one that they started out in back in September 2008.
Yet through it all the fans have kept the faith, despite the constant failure of the club to consult them or even explain what’s going on, and are now clinging on to the hope that the club’s latest messiah, Alan Shearer, will sign a new contract and be provided with a substantial enough transfer fund to make a return to the premiership in 2010 a certainty.
Capturing the extraordinary developments of the season have been local father and son team Michael Chaplin (creator of Grafters and Monarch of the Glen) and Tom Chaplin (who has written for Doctors and Eastenders). The writers, who are themselves season ticket holders, were commissioned by Live Theatre to interview a wide range of fans, journalists, sports commentators and former shareholders. This material was then used to create a play that chronicled the dramatic events of the first 6 months of the 2008/09 season.