I left my heart in Roker Park
Posted: 22 Sep 2014
I left my heart at Roker Park…and extra time at the Stadium
By Tom Kelly
Customs House, South Shields, Washington Arts Centre and Gala Theatre Durham
19 September 2014
This one-man show is a tour de force. Written by Jarrow-born
Tom Kelly in 1997, and first performed in 1997 as Sunderland AFC’s home of 99
years was demolished, this play has now been updated and revived for the first
time since 2004.
Paul Dunn plays Kevin Halliday whose life – with its ups and
downs of marriage, fatherhood and divorce – revolves around his love and passion
for the other love of his life: Sunderland AFC.
Regardless of the colour of the stripes on your replica shirt,
this is a play that amply illustrates how deeply ingrained a sense of identity
is intertwined with football in the psyche of so many people in the North East.
Kelly’s script skilfully balances pathos with humour while
Dunn more than does the two-hour show justice. Never does he let the pace
slacken – and whether you are a football fan or not you’ll enjoy this. If
football is in your blood you’ll love it and if that blood runs red and white
you’ll be likely to shed tears of pride as well as joy.