'Cornered' was my first attempt at playwriting (having taken an online course through Newcastle's Live Theatre), and was performed at the Customs House in South Shields, Washington Arts Centre, The Gala Theatre in Durham, and upstairs at The Peacock in Sunderland city centre, in the autumn of 2017. It was revived at The Peacock for three nights in 2018. Coincidentally, the pub features in the play, as it was one of the places (under its old name of The Londonderry) where David Corner was attacked, as a result of his leading role in the 1985 Milk Cup final defeat.
I’m sure you’re well aware of Davey Corner’s story with regard to the final, and the abuse – physical, as well as verbal - that he’s suffered for the subsequent decades. I just thought it needed a wider audience – and that Davey deserved a second chance from those fans (and, sadly, there are still quite a few!) who don’t seem to have forgiven him.
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I’ve put it out to raise money for the Foundation of Light, which – like so many charities – has found its great work hampered by the pandemic. It’s narrated by me, followed by a short Q&A with David, and it’s available to download from iTunes and other podcast and streaming apps and services for £7.99. The CD version should soon be available both from the SAFC club shop and also from the Beacon of Light, when both emerge from lockdown.
The official launch is today, in the middle of UK Anti-Bullying Week. Davey and I have recorded an online 'virtual' launch, which will be going on the Foundation’s website
Perfect lockdown listening or Christmas present for any SAFC fan!