Former Saints players make their stage debut in new play

They're best known for their performance on the football pitch, but now some of Southampton's most famous former players are taking to the stage to star in a new play.

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Former Saints players take to the stage in new show

They are best known for their performance on the football pitch, but now some of Southampton's most famous former players are taking to the stage to star in a new play. Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali will be appearing in the premiere of 'The Saints' - an open-air play about the highs and lows of being a fan of the club.

A pop-up theatre has been built in Guildhall Square especially for the show, which will run for two weeks. Sarah Cooper's been backstage to meet one of the unlikely stars.

Play explores plight of Saints' fans

A production surrounding the highs and lows of being a Saints fan will be unveiled in a specially built theatre in the city centre this month.

'The Saints' will include acting debuts from the ex-Saints players in pre-recorded film segments.

It will premiere at Nuffield Playing Field, a specially built pop-up theatre which combines outdoor stadium with Jacobean theatre

The purpose-built outdoor seating mixes theatre and football

As part of the play, two of Southampton FC's most famous ex-players will have cameo roles in the new production.

Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali are fondly remembered by fans and played from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s.

The production explores the unequivocally theatrical experience of attending a football match, from the sense of spectacle and occasion to the intimacy and power of crowd behaviour and the sense of belonging and community this creates.

Nuffield is running a crowdfunding campaign alongside The Saints, called ‘Be a Saint’ - where audience members can donate amounts from £5 to £500 and will receive rewards including having a drink with Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali as well as football and theatre memorabilia.

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