It’s February 1, 1981, Australia is playing New Zealand in a one-day cricket match. New Zealand needs six to tie off the last ball. Aussie Captain Greg Chappell orders the bowler, younger brother Trevor, to bowl a daisycutter. He does; New Zealand loses. It’s one of the most unsporting incidents in cricket history.
The Underarm is your chance to be part of a re-enactment of the events of that day, hotly debated by two estranged brothers – one a true-blue Aussie and the other a born-again Kiwi – who are reunited at another trans-Tasman clash 25 years after the infamous “ball of shame” split their family apart.
Burdekin Shire Council’s Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the comedy had received outstanding reviews in New Zealand and its Australian tour was highly anticipated.
“A lot of our older residents will remember this infamous cricketing event and I’m sure there has been a lot of debate about it over the years,” he said.
“This stage show brings all the drama of that decision and turns into a comedy that will appeal across the community, not just to those who enjoy cricket.
“It’s had rave reviews in New Zealand and I’m sure Burdekin residents will get a good laugh from it.”
The Underarm plays at the Burdekin Theatre on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 8pm-10pm.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Burdekin Theatre website at www.burdekintheatre.com.au or phone 4783 9800. Ticket bookings can also be arranged at Council’s Customer Service Centre or the Burdekin Library Home Hill branch.