Cricketers hold on to last moments of peace in new drama at Newhaven Fort

The Last Match
The Last Match

A new play about a cricket legend and World War Two hero is set to debut in Sussex.

The Last Match, a multi-media drama, is at Newhaven Fort on Thursday, August 20.

The Last Match

The Last Match

The production tells the story of the 1939 county cricket match between Sussex and Yorkshire, played at the County Cricket Ground in Hove on the day Germany invaded Poland.

Two days later, Britain responded and World War Two erupted.

The touring play, which will debut at Newhaven, tells the story of the dramatic match, evoking the emotions of a generation clinging on to the last moments of peace in the full knowledge that the crisis of war was on their doorstep.

While other county matches were abandoned, the Sussex and Yorkshire teams refused to stop playing and in a match of high drama, Yorkshire triumphed over Sussex.

The play’s central character is bowling legend, Hedley Verity who played his last ever first-class match that day. Four years later he died of his wounds after fighting in Sicily.

The play has been written by author and former BBC programme maker Colin Philpott and film director and digital artist, Kit Monkman.

Colin said: “As a cricket fan I have always been fascinated by Hedley Verity and the final match he played against the powerful backdrop of a country entering into war.

“But this is a story that transcends cricket.

“It’s about people reacting to a moment of crisis and their differing attitudes to duty.”

The play goes on tour from August 20 in Sussex and Yorkshire.

Tickets are available from www.thelastmatch.com.

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