FourFourTwo - - UP FRONT - The play will run from Septem­ber 20-23 at Con­tact in Manch­ester with tick­ets on sale at www.con­

Well, who knew that fol­low­ing a foot­ball club could pave the way for opera fame?

That’s what’s going on at Man City, where fans are tak­ing their singing skills from the Eti­had to the stage as part of We’re Not Really Here: A Foot­ball Opera. It’s been done pre­vi­ously with Gent in Bel­gium and Celtic in Dublin, and over in Manch­ester the man tasked with re­cruit­ing fans was Kyle Walker (not that one). “They said they’d love 100 and I thought, ‘That’s quite a big num­ber,’” he tells FFT. “And yet within two weeks we had 100 in­ter­ested.”

Fans don’t have to be the next An­drea Bo­celli – they sim­ply need to sing some Man City songs with gusto, act­ing out the emo­tions of watch­ing a game. Walker adds: “What’s in­ter­est­ing is the au­di­ence sits on the stage and the ac­tion all un­folds in the banked seat­ing of the the­atre.” As well as ti­tle track We’re Not Really Here, Blue Moon and the Poz­nan could also fea­ture – plus a bit where they all moan about City’s ter­ri­ble de­fend­ing...

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