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Jones-Buchanan swaps the pitch for the stage

19th February 2018 | 9:09 am

By Phil Daly

Even by his own remarkable high standards, Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan is having an incredible start to his 20th season at the club and now he hopes to swap his form on the pitch for a performance off the pitch as he takes to the stage this week at Belle Isle WMC for the new production by the Red Ladder Theatre company.

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Even by his own remarkable high standards, Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan is having an incredible start to his 20th season at the club and now he hopes to swap his form on the pitch for a performance off the pitch as he takes to the stage this week at Belle Isle WMC for the new production by the Red Ladder Theatre company.

Jones-Buchanan played the full eighty minutes on Friday night against Melbourne Storm in the Downer World Club Challenge finishing as the team’s top tackler with 35 tackles against the NRL Premiers and just one miss. The former England forward has missed just two and half minutes of action this season, having played the full game against Warrington on the opening night and only came off for the last moments of the Rhinos win over Hull KR at Elland in their last outing in the Betfred Super League; he was the Rhinos top tackler in both with 49 and 50 tackles respectively.

The play is set in December, 1977 – it’s nine years since the infamous ‘Watersplash Final’ – and the once revered “Uncle Eddie” has withdrawn into the protective walls of the The Queens Hotel.

Out front fanatical Rugby League fan Eddie Marlowe, grieving the recent loss of his father, is hellbent on speaking alone with his idol. Will he get that chance?

Playing The Joker is about one man’s dream to give rugby league a national profile – written by award winning author and former Sunday Mirror journalist Anthony Clavane (Leeds Lads).

Through a winning combination of gripping action and infectious humour, Playing the Jokerpresents a moving and funny slice of 1970s northern life.

After a sell-out run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in November 2013, followed by a 2014 tour to rugby league clubs throughout the north of England, Playing the Joker is back on the road – 50 years on since the ‘Watersplash Final’. Featuring an all new talented cast of three including Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan, and directed by Red Ladder’s Artistic Director Rod Dixon. Recommended age is 14+ for this performance.

For Jones-Buchanan it is his second appearance on stage having appeared in the acclaimed Leeds Lads at the Carriageworks Theatre in 2016. In Leeds Lads he performed alongside 35 local actors and musicians, co-written by Leeds-born author Anthony Clavane and Nick Stimson, and inspired by the city’s role in the Battle of the Somme a century ago.

The play runs from 21st February until 24th March at five venues, you can book your ticket now:
Belle Isle WMC, 8pm
21 Feb 2018
BOOK TICKETS
All tickets £2 (incl on the door). Click to book via Eventbrite, or via West Yorkshire Playhouse – tel: 0113 213 7700. Or direct from the venue – tel: 0113 277 4368.

Hunslet R.L.F.C, 7.30pm
9 Mar 2018
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Tickets £5 advance / £6 on the door on the door. Click to book via Eventbrite, or via West Yorkshire Playhouse – tel: 0113 213 7700. Or direct from the venue – tel: 0113 271 2730.

Stanningley SARLC, 4pm
11 Mar 2018
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All tickets £3 (incl on the door). Click to book via Eventbrite. Or book directly from the venue – tel: 0113 256 0847.

Hawksworth Community Centre
14 Mar 2018

Castleford Tigers, 7.30pm
24 Mar 2018
BOOK TICKETS
All tickets £5 (incl on the door). Click to book via Theatre Royal Wakefield. Or book directly with the venue – tel: 01977 552 674.
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