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AFTER the huge success of Go And Play Up Your End, Malcolm Stent is back with a sequel to his nostalgic trip down memory lane, set in the swinging sixties.

Go And Play Further Up Your End catches up with Stent and friends as grammar school boys in Birmingham, searching for pop stardom in 1963.

Go And Play Further Up Your End catches up with Stent and friends as grammar school boys in Birmingham, searching for pop stardom in 1963.

“It was so successful the first one, I was asked to write a sequel,” said the Birmingham-born actor, now living in Solihull.

“The other one was sort of autobiographical, it was all about me and my family.

“Whereas this one is more fictional. This one is pure fun and nostalgia.

“But I was playing in groups, or bands as they call them these days.”

Packed with original sixties-style tunes, the comedy returns to the ‘good old days’ of West Midland life.

“I’m going to sound old now, but I do believe that we did live in a better time in those days.

“We didn’t have the material things we have these days but people were different, they helped each other along.

“In a lot of ways, I think the best days are behind us but we have to face the future.

“The genius of the West Midlands is that we always find a way of getting on with things. We’re very pragmatic.

“It’s part of the charm of being a West Midlander.”

The 67-year-old, who stages Solihull’s annual panto, said he had wanted to write a play which celebrated the region’s past, which often got overlooked in favour of perceived ‘sexier’ locations.

“There are loads of films and plays set in Liverpool, Manchester and London.

“Birmingham does get overlooked, probably because we are too near the north and too near the south.

“People see it as just somewhere they pass through.”

But he admitted part of our charm was also our downfall.

“We don’t blow our own horn enough,” he said.

“We don’t tell the world what a great place the West Midlands is.”

n Go and Play Further Up Your Own End is at Solihull Arts Complex from March 11-12.

 

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