Exclusive interview about return of Cloughie play
(Written 2006)


Cloughie actor Colin Tarrant admitted that the nerves will start jangling again as he returns to the famous role as the Master Manager. Colin portrays Brian Clough brilliantly in the play 'Old Big 'Ead in the Spirit of the Man.' The play completed a national tour before returning to Nottingham Playhouse, where it received critical acclaim in 2005.

"I know I'll be nervous again," said Colin, in an exclusive interview for this website. "It's live theatre and I am sure the butterflies will be kicking-in again."

He said he was delighted to have taken the play on tour after the success of the run in 2005. "I was completely overwhelmed by the response of the audiences last year. It was tremendous to have consistent standing ovations from a home crowd. And it was fantastic to have family and friends come to see the play and to meet-up with them afterwards on those lovely summer nights. Very often I didn't know they were there until afterwards."

Speaking before the tour began, Colin said he was looking forward to taking the play to a wider audience and thought the production would travel well. "I'm sure it will. Brian Clough was one of those people who belongs to the national family, like Ronnie Barker. Brian has a special place in people's affections with the joy he brought to so many people."

The play that toured was slightly different to the one that appeared in Nottingham -- but only slightly. Its return to Nottingham on May 16th was marked with a gala performance. A giant Clough photo signed by Colin and former players was auctioned for the fund raising money for a statue in Nottingham. Colin was involved in the launch event for the fund in June 2005 and said it was highly fitting that a special performance will help the fund. 

"It will be extra special to bring it back to Nottingham," said Colin. "The gala performance is a great idea. I'm really looking forward to that. Anything we can do in a practical way to help raise funds for such a terrific idea has got to be a good thing. I hope we can help make it a reality and I'm very pleased to be part of it."

Meanwhile, the playwright Stephen Lowe has spoken of his delight that the play has proven to be so popular. "You never quite know what impact a piece is going to have when you write it. But you dream that one day you'll come up with a show that moves people, makes them laugh, gets people on their feet at the end and encourages them to bring their relatives. And, for me, this has been it."


The Cloughie tribute went on a national tour in 2006 before a grand home-coming in May. 

March 1st - 11th: Leicester Haymarket.
March 14th - 18th: Hall for Cornwall, Truro.
March 21st - 25th: Richmond Royal Theatre, Surrey.
March 28th - April 1st: Billingham Forum Theatre.
April 4th - 8th: Brighton Theatre Royal.
April 11th - 15th: Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, Wales.
April 19th - 22nd: Sunderland Empire.
April 25th - 29th: Birmingham Rep.
May 2nd - 6th: New Theatre, Hull.
May 16th - June 10th: Nottingham Playhouse (May 16th Gala Performance).