That Revie Era Touch

28 October 2010 11:59
Les Rowley's play about Leeds United superfan Gary Edwards has just finished an acclaimed theatrical run. But, far from putting his feet up for a well-earned rest, writer Rowley is already busy with his next Leeds-related project.Les is working on a play that will take an unusual look at legendary United manager Don Revie's final days in charge at the club.Called 'That Revie Era Touch', the play's main two characters will be 'The Don' and loyal right-hand man Les Cocker.They will be shown in the unusual setting of a desert tent in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reflecting on Revie's exit from Leeds to become England boss.Revie took Cocker with him when he controversially quit the England job in 1977 for a lucrative deal managing the UAE national side.Les, whose play's name is a punning twist on the title of the Morecambe and Wise film 'That Riviera Touch', said: "There's a lot of intrigue and interest about why Don left Leeds when he did."They were the best side in the country and a club that he'd basically built up from scratch."I think there's plenty of material there that we can use."Les hopes to have 'That Revie Era Touch' ready for a professional staging by autumn next year.One venue for the production could be Leeds's new 150-capacity Clarence Dock Theatre, where the 'Paint It White' play about Gary Edwards completed its initial run on Sunday.Based on Gary's books chronicling his adventures following United, it starred Gary Dunnington from 'Coronation Street' and 'The Bill' as the football mad part-time author.Plans are now being made for Paint It White to go out next spring on a regional tour of Leeds-supporting hotbeds such as Ripon, Goole, Whitby and Cleethorpes.A homecoming show at the West Yorkshire Playhouse or Leeds Grand Theatre to round off the tour is also under consideration.