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Why Hooligan..?

Hooligan Theatre Productions is named from Shaun McCarthy’s play ‘The Hooligan Nights’, a story set among late Victorian era London street gangs. It is based very loosely on source material from the period, (“A fearful state of things in Lambeth! Terrorism reigns supreme!” Illustrated Police News, May 1898) but which seems to have enormous relevance to the lifestyles of modern day gangs, the people who join them and their reasons for joining.

Hooligan Nights Poster

Arts Council England generously funded the writing of the play in 2013-4, and then a week of research, development and rehearsal with a talented group of actors directed by Amanda Horlock. (Now Hooligan Theatre Productions associate director.) The week culminated in a public script in hand performance at the Redgrave Theatre in Bristol. This was very well attended despite taking place on the evening of Valentine’s Night and an enormous storm: the audience defied both romantic alternatives and downpours to come to our show.

The name and the logo have stuck with us. I have discovered that the three hooligans in the photo are real Peaky Blinders; the photos were taken following their arrest in Small Heath, Birmingham for affray in 1904.

A collision of beliefs?

In January and February 2015, another new theatre company, Oxford based SatMatCo (Saturday Matinee Company) produced a sell-out run of three matinee performances of Shaun’s play ‘Collider’, at the Old Fire Station theatre in central Oxford. Read more ...

On a less contentious note …

‘Scrumpy and Western; The Life and Times of Adge Cutler’, the play with songs Shaun has co-written with Tom Henry, explores the roots and celebrates the enduring appeal (down in the West of England anyway) of the eponymous singer-songwriter who died, tragically, 41 years ago. Read more ...

Associate artists

Hooligan Theatre Productions are delighted to be working with the following associated artists:

Tom Henry – playwright
Amanda Horlock – director
Martin Pring – Musical arranger and director

Tom, Mandy and Martin have all worked on ‘Scrumpy and Western’ (Tom brought the original idea to me) and will now use their immense skills and talents help us to move this show into production