Stories don’t come much more dramatic than Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final win in Istanbul, when they came back from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties – their first European Cup win for 21 years and a defining moment in the footballing history of the city.
From the Gut Theatre’s new show piggybacks on the drama of that famous evening, interweaving three separate narratives. A young couple sit in the stands in Istanbul, a family sits watching on the sofa back home, and a much-loved radio DJ looks on from his hospital bed. They’ve all got their toils and their troubles, but they are united by their love of Liverpool.
Sam Angell and Nick Howden-Steenstra’s script flips back and forth between these onlookers, splicing in emotive snippets of commentary and movement sequences set to mid-noughties indie-rock bangers – the Fratellis, Arctic Monkeys, Stereophonics, and the Dandy Warhols.
Max Harrison’s lively, almost in-yer-face production draws much of its drama straight from the football match (still nerve-wracking 13 years later), but there’s still a lot of heart here and a lot of humour too. You’ll Never Walk Alone still sends shivers down the spine. Football, eh? Bloody hell.