The Ashes archiveIt's 1932 and the England cricket team are smarting from their Ashes defeat inflicted largely by Aussie batsman Donald Bradman. Something radical is needed to avoid a repeat of the humiliation they have suffered and a new line of bowling attack is devised for the 1932 tour of Australia. - Bodyline. Nottinghamshire miner and cricketer Harold Larwood is instructed to bowl "leg theory", hurling the ball at the batsman rather than the wicket. Faced with a ball rearing towards his body, or face, at up to 90mph, the batsman can only defend himself by fending off the delivery. Bradman's average is slashed but the technique soon becomes one of the most controversial tactics ever seen on a sports field. Relations not only between the teams, but the two countries themselves are strained to breaking point.


Author: Michael Pinchbeck
Corporate Sponsor: Mason Infotech
Producer: Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company
Director: Giles Croft
Design(s): Michael Vale, Barret Hodgson (AV)
Lighting: David Phillips
Sound: Adam McCready
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The Ashes

The Ashes (Play) production archive for QTIX code T1385164233. Details of all The Ashes archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1251575373

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