Grappling: Wrestling musical returns to flex its muscle

Grappling: Wrestling musical based on life of Jack Land, left, with grandson Jack Land-Noble, who has written the book, music and lyrics.
Grappling: Wrestling musical based on life of Jack Land, left, with grandson Jack Land-Noble, who has written the book, music and lyrics.
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GRAPPLING, the world’s first comedy musical about wrestling, has returned to flex it’s muscle this week at Barnsley’s Lamproom Theatre, writes digital editor Graham Walker.

Hailed as a ‘comical masterpiece’ when it premiered last summer, it is written by 22-year old Barnsley born and bred playwright, composer, actor and director, Jack Land–Noble.

It is based on the of his grandfather, Barnsley wrestling veteran Jack Land - charting the ex-miner’s uproarious journey from the coalface to the wrestling ring in the 1970’s.

This gritty, yet hilarious production, which contains the odd body-slamming expletive, fuses kitchen-sink drama, physical frolics, a wealth of memorable musical numbers and northern wit to create a highly entertaining evening of home-grown theatre.

Jack Land’s glittering 35-five year career in professional wrestling is the subject of a book, Barnsley Sporting Heroes, by Annie Storey.

Grappling runs to Saturday, June 18 at the Lamproom Theatre, Westgate, Barnsley.

Tickets are available from the theatre Box Office, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 2.30pm or, alternatively, call Barnsley 01226 200075.