Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Colin Milburn Play Being Staged At New Road

Colin Milburn Play Being Staged At New Road

A reminder that Worcestershire CCC will be presenting the new play about the tragic decline of former England and Northamptonshire cricketer Colin "Ollie" Milburn in The View on Friday, November 4 (7.30pm).

'When The Eye Has Gone' is presented by the Professional Cricketers' Association in association with Liverwire Theatre and Roughhouse Theatre.

It tells the story of Milburn's cricketing triumphs but also his life after the disaster of losing his left eye in a car accident in 1969 when he was at the height of his cricketing powers.

To book tickets, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-professional-cricketers-association

Milburn died in the obscurity of a pub car park in his native Durham aged 48 after he drifted into chronic alcoholism.

The play is being staged at all 18 first class counties and is the PCA’s 2016 initiative to promote mental health and well being and they are encouraging all players and staff to attend.

Set in the bar of the North Briton pub in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, the action takes place on February 28, 1990 during Milburn's cabaret performance as "Jolly Ollie" – the character he developed to conceal his insecurities and suffering.

With songs, anecdotes and a large gin and coke, the story swings backwards through Milburn's life as he raises a glass to his glory days, including his first Test century against the West Indies in 1966, and losing his eye three years later.

‘When the Eye Has Gone’ is a one man show that has been written by James Graham-Brown, the former Kent and Derbyshire all-rounder turned playwright.

Click here to listen to the BBC Radio Test Match Special interview about When the Eye Has Gone.

Click here to read the Guardian article about the play.