FIRST TOUCH

by Nathaniel Price

Nottingham Playhouse 2022

Director Jeff James
Set and Costume Design Charlotte Espiner
Light Hansjörg Schmidt
Sound Kieran Lucas
Movement director Kane Husbands
Casting Polly Jerold
Script Consultant Amanda Whittington
Voice and Dialect Coach Salvatore Sorce
Additional Dialect Support Hazel Holder
Dramatherapist Nikki Disney

Production Photographs Manuel Harlan





Cast
Raphael Akuwudike
Nicholas Bailey
Taiden Fairall
Claire Goose
Isaac McLeod
Chloe Oxley
Arthur Wilson

A new play commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse

Script published by Samuel French

The Times Clive Davies

The stage becomes a wide-open football terrace with a crush barrier from the days before all-seater stadiums. Just to remind us which era we are revisiting in Nathaniel Price’s study of sexual abuse, a large portrait of Margaret Thatcher is affixed to a backdrop of typically garish period wallpaper.

Jeff James’s production and Charlotte Espiner’s design adeptly evoke the world of the aspiring professional players of yesteryear. A digital stopwatch ticks away in the background and the relatives of the young central character, Clayton — convincingly played by Raphael Akuwudike in his professional stage debut — are dragooned into training sessions.