This week Moston-based Amateur Dramatics Company, MaD Theatre, are performing their new play ‘Conceived in a Curry House’ at The Simpson Memorial Hall in Moston, North Manchester. Tickets are still available to buy.


The play, which has been inspired by the formation and development of fan-owned football club, FC United of Manchester (also based in Moston), has been funded by Forever Manchester as part of the ‘Fourteen’ investment programme to improve well-being and happiness of local people.

In 2015, the adjoining neighbourhoods of Moston and Harpurhey were one of fourteen communities across the UK selected to receive a minimum of £200,000 in funding over three years to increase community participation in one or more of the following activities: social action and volunteering; grassroots sport and physical activity; culture activity and the arts; and youth leadership and personal development.

MaD Theatre Company was set up 20 years ago to provide quality and affordable theatre provision for disadvantaged people in Greater Manchester. Their aim is to engage people who would not traditionally take part in the arts due to social and economic deprivation.

‘Conceived in a Curry House’ has brought together fans of football and theatre in an innovative way to celebrate North Manchester’s community pride. The multimedia project has provided an opportunity for local people to get involved in artistic activities, such as script writing, music, film production as well as acting.

The production features sixteen talented young people from MaD Theatre, together with local residents Joise, a pensioner from Harpurhey, Ken, who just brought his daughter to the first meeting and has ended up having a lead role and Kieron, who has overcome many obstacles, and as a direct result of his involvement in MaD has now been accepted to study for a diploma in performing arts.

The play also features a cameo performance from FC United Manager Karl Maginson together with FC stalwarts DJ Gladys ‘Bag lady’ Barm and Swampy.

Behind the scenes, a group of FC United supporters have worked closely with MaD’s script writers to pen a witty and insightful film that features in the play, mercilessly researched FC United’s archive film footage for iconic moments to accompany the on-stage production and co-ordinated the musical soundtrack, scouting local bands to rerecord some of FC’s favourite songs. Local band The Madding Crowd has put a unique spin on ‘Dirty Old Town’.

Between 7th and 16th July, the football terraces will be brought to the theatre with The Simpson Memorial Hall on Moston Lane being decked out with flags and scarves. The audience will also be encouraged to sing and chant along to the action.

The Storyline

This dramatized version of FC United’s incredible story follows the journey of Marilyn who is looking for love but the fellas she’s met online have been a bit of a washout.

However, one night after being stood up in a Curry House she earwigs the conversation on the next table. Some blokes are thinking about setting up a new football club which doesn’t interest Marilyn but she thinks the bespectacled silver fox munching on his mutton vindaloo might be her next conquest!

Little did she know that this bunch was to transform the future of fan owned football clubs and she was whisked along for the ride! Over the next ten years Marilyn along with her sick mother, best mate Gladys, wannabe WAG daughters and ASBO’d sons go on a roller coaster journey featuring the highs and lows, the victories’ and defeats of FC United, culminating with the building of a new ground in Moston, right next door to Marilyn’s flat!


Already, 2 of the 8 performances at the Simpson Memorial Hall have sold out, but tickets are still on sale for the remaining shows at a very affordable £9 Adults, £5 Concessions and £2 for under 18s.

Simpson Memorial Hall
Moston Lane, Moston, Manchester M40 9NB

Performances kick-off at 7.30pm each night and 3pm for the Saturday afternoon shows.
Gates open one hour before kick-off.

Tickets are also available to buy from
FC United of Manchester, Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road, Manchester, M40 0FJ
0161 769 2005