The Last Match 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 play, 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.
Whilst other county matches were abandoned, the Sussex and Yorkshire teams refused to stop play 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.
The play will take place at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove, on Saturday 22nd August, inline with the Sussex versus Yorkshire LV= County Championship match. Tickets are just £6, to view the event. There will be two performances on the day, the first at 1.15pm and the second at 6.15pm. Please make sure you choose the correct performance at the ticket screen.