When the Eye Has Gone

Visiting Production: When The Eye has Gone, written by former Kent and Derbyshire cricketer James Graham-Brown, is a one-man show that dramatises the all-too-short life of Colin Milburn, the former England and Northants player. Ticket enquires: 01204 840201


A new play, When The Eye Has Gone, produced by our resident company Roughhouse Theatre and LiveWire Theatre visited Bolton School on Wednesday 1st March, 2017.

When The Eye Has Gone, commissioned by The Professional Cricketers’ Association, follows the tragic decline of former England and Northamptonshire batsman Colin Milburn. Following an initial tour of all 18 county cricket clubs in November 2016, the play began its second national tour with us. It is a one man show that has been written by James Graham-Brown, the former Kent and Derbyshire all-rounder turned playwright. The play is set in the North Briton pub in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham on February 28 1990, the last day of Milburn’s life during his cabaret performance as ‘Jolly Ollie’, the character he had developed to conceal his insecurities and suffering. 

Milburn, who's brilliant career was cut short by the loss of the sight in his left eye in a car accident in May 1969, died in the North Briton car park aged 48 after he drifted into chronic alcoholism. All county clubs supported the PCA in putting on the play around the country to help current players appreciate the importance of planning for life after cricket. The Benevolent Fund is part of the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s commitment to helping former and current players and their dependents in times of hardship and upheaval, or to readjust to the world beyond the game. The health and well-being of the PCA's first-class cricketers has never been higher on their agenda, and it is for this reason that they joined forces with an award winning theatre company to address one of the central issues that no current or aspiring professional cricketer can afford to ignore.  

We were delighted to host When The Eye Has Gone. The event presented an opportunity to celebrate our new creative partnership with Roughhouse Theatre, alumni cricketing success and the Drama department's developing role in the School's wider pastoral curriculum.