Kenny Glynn is the world's biggest Saints fan and for twenty-five years he has been locked in a game of football against the world. On his 26th birthday the world steps up its game and Kenny Glynn faces the match of his life as he takes on women, money and status with the help of his mates, his family and the guiding spirit of Matt Le Tissier. Can they conquer all the things the world is throwing at them? Will Southampton ever win the FA cup again? And what can we learn from the icons we hold so dearly at the club? The Saints, written by Luke Barnes and directed by one of British theatre's best directors Matthew Dunster, explores football in Southampton, the history of the club and how it has shaped our understanding of ourselves in the city.
Luke Barnes is a Northern born award-winning writer. He studied at the National Youth Theatre and the Oxford School of Drama and was the Leverhulme Playwright on attachment to Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse theatres. His critically acclaimed play Bottleneck had a successful run at Soho and his first play Chapel Street ran at the Old Red Lion in Liverpool and in Edinburgh where it won the Old Vic New Voices award. After Edinburgh, Chapel Street ran at The Bush as part of Radar Season then toured the UK. In 2012 he was shortlisted for an OffWestEnd Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright. He has worked with National Youth Theatre, Hightide Festival and the Nuffield among others.