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Former Solihull College students write soccer-themed theatre production

Carson's Cup has been written by former Solihull College students and faithful family of Bluenoses Robert, Haydn and David Griffith-Jones.

Carson Yeung at St Andrew's
Carson Yeung at St Andrew's

It’s the soccer-themed theatre production that could’ve been called “The Yeung Ones”.

And it’s sure to be a winner with lovers of The Blues.

That’s because the comedy is all about the reign of former chief Carson Yeung. Carson’s Cup has been written by former Solihull College students and faithful family of Bluenoses Robert, Haydn and David Griffith-Jones.

Robert said the play was designed to make light of the club’s eventful journey under Yeung, who was jailed for six years in March for money laundering.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s gallows humour, really, trying to relieve Birmingham fans of the constant nightmare and dark cloud hanging over our heads for the last few years. This is not a forum to hurl abuse at the old and current owners.

“We, as Blues fans, are tired of being angry so we want this to be the polar opposite. If we don’t laugh, we’ll cry!”

It centres on Carson Lung, who believes he can make the transition from Hong Kong hairdresser to owner of a world famous football team.

Assisted by his sidekick Peter Pan, Carson sets out to gain control of the Birmingham Blues and guide them to cup glory.

Robert, a professional copywriter who now lives in Sweden, said he and his brothers came up with the idea as they discussed Blues’ historic Carling Cup win and relegation in 2011.

Robert said 26-year-old Haydn’s experience as a stand-up comedian had helped breathe humour into the writing.

Auditions are expected to be held later this month at the Blue Orange Theatre, in the Jewellery Quarter.

The play will be run at that venue for two consecutive nights from January 16.

* Anyone interested in auditioning for a role should contact Robert on Twitter using the handle @Bham_Blues

 

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