A slice of cutting-edge contemporary theatre will have you harking back to the golden age of tennis, with Jamie Wood’s Beating McEnroe at the Farnham Maltings on Tuesday April 22, at 7.30pm.
1981. Wimbledon. Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe face each other across the net: the self-controlled champion and the impassioned upstart. An epic rivalry comes to a head. A six-year-old boy watches and learns.
Borg epitomised tennis cool. He was everything Jamie and his brother wanted to be. Then McEnroe came along and Jamie was beaten, along with Borg.
Some 30 years of torment and self-questioning later, Jamie is ready to face his greatest opponent.
Beating McEnroe is a new solo show from award-winning theatre-maker Wood about a pivotal moment.
With the help of his audience, amongst vivid, surprising images, Wood performs a cathartic ritual: recreating and reliving the last point of one fateful match until he is finally able to move on in his life. Beating McEnroe is about being a younger brother and a bad loser.It is about beating ourselves up for failing to live up to our youthful aspirations. It is about the consuming desire to be like other people. It is about rivalry and love and how they can both better us and destroy us. It is about competition and control, vitriol and zen. It is funny, disconcerting and strangely beautiful.
The production was made in collaboration with Ellie Griffiths and Wendy Hubbard, as co-directors, and Dominic Kennedy as sound designer, and was nominated for Nominated for A Total Theatre Award at Edinburgh last year.
Tickets cost £12, with £10 concessions.