A PLAY which is touring the country and tells the story of rugby will be staged in Ennerdale Bridge this week.

And the audience can enjoy a pie and pint at the same time.

Upstairs@TheGather will be hosting Fly Half on Thursday and Friday.

Emma Shepherd, manager of Upstairs@TheGather, said: “Fly Half is a new play about the world of rugby by Gary Lagden, with original songs by Gareth Moulton.

“You can come and join an audience who share an interest in rugby and enjoy the ‘craic’, as well as theatre.

“It’s as much about the conversations over a pie and a pint as it is the performance by Gary Lagden, an acclaimed playwright and life-long rugby fan.

“A pie a pint and a play, all included for a ticket price of just £15 a head.”

A Fly Half spokesperson described the play as "a lyrical hymn to one man’s passion for his family, his town and his beloved game of rugby. Set in an industrial town in South Wales, this play is a celebration of working class families who head out to the match each week, stand pitch side with pride, supporting their local team.

"An hour-long play for all who miss the glory days - ‘The roots, the ghosts, the boys, boots’."

The play was first performed at writer/actor Gary Lagden’s home town rugby club, Aberavon, in Port Talbot.

Gary and Gareth have now performed Fly Half in theatre’s and rugby clubs across the UK to critical acclaim. Critic for British Theatre, Paul T Davies awarded the play five stars, comparing Gary’s playwriting to Dylan Thomas and his voice to Richard Burton.

For tickets: bookings@ennerdalecentre.com.