Get to grips with this one

THE knockout tale of the rise and fall of British wrestling is heading for Surrey. To people of a certain age the words ‘Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks’ conjure up thoughts of the bout of the century.

Now a play of the same name comes to the Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Friday to Saturday, September 26 to 27.

HEADLOCK AND LOAD - knockout tale indeed

HEADLOCK AND LOAD – knockout tale indeed

It tells the story of two fat men (aka Shirley Crabtree and Martin Ruane) who were the weekly stars of a drama which unfolded at 4pm every Saturday, from 1976 to 1988 with millions tuning in for TV’s World of Sport wrestling fixtures.

The play is a two-hander recalling a whole nation during its most colourful era.

Co-writer Brian Mitchell explains: “Apart from the brilliantly colourful characters, the reason we wanted to create this play is because the story has a lot in it that we think has contemporary resonance – there’s corruption, exploitation and people simply not listening to public protest.

“It seems to echo many themes which are still pertinent today.”

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