The power of community and working together is the heart of the new play at Chorley Little Theatre. “For The Love of the Game” is a brand-new play by local playwright Terry Wynn about a sporting apartheid that existed in rugby, and how it affects players, supporters, and families.

Based on a true story, Jack Vardy stars as Jason who plays rugby union while at university. Upon returning home to Wigan he finds himself barred from the League game thanks to antiquated rules. Soon his biggest battle is in the corridors of power as he takes on the bosses and tries to force change.

At the same time, the play features a small group of church-goers campaigning to save their building. The two battles for the future of a community come together in this uplifting, witty and heartfelt drama.

Set in the 1980s and 1990s, the play features cameos from real-life politicians Gerald Kaufman and Roger Stott, who is played here by his son Joe Mills.

Director Steve Unsworth says “Although the theme appears to be heavily rugby based, it isn’t really; it’s a play about community, social injustice, belief and values – it’s very human.”

An ensemble cast also features Steven Catterall as the church caretaker with strong ideas about Wigan rugby, Lucy Holden and Shaz Holstead as Doreen and Vera, two strong Northern women fighting to save their church.

The play runs from Monday 15thto Saturday 20thOctober at 7.30pm. Tickets from Malcolms Musicland 01257 264362 or