The Season Ticket (2016)

Adapted for the stage by Lee Mattinson from the novel by Jonathan Tulloch

Directed by Katie Posner


An incredible staging of the story that inspired the hit film Purely Belter.

A play about love, friendship, hardship and the priceless currency of hope. It’s a very funny, very sad and utterly compelling human story.

Everyone needs a dream. For lads Gerry and Sewell, it’s watching their beloved Newcastle United play for a whole season. To get into the sacred St James’ Park where Gazza once graced the field of dreams, Shearer smashed a total of two hundred and six goals, where Kev was King and Sir Bobby was a god, they only need one thing: a season ticket.

In a world of payday loans and cash-on-credit, how easy is it to make a cool grand? Can you sell ‘magic pennies’ for a pound on the streets of the city? Gerry and Sewell try every trick in the book but find that making money is much more complicated than avoiding school. Or home.

The Season Ticket was co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Tour Dates & Venues

Northern Stage

23rd Sept – 8th Oct

York Theatre Royal

12th Oct – 15th Oct

Theatre Royal Winchester

20th Oct – 22nd Oct

Dundee Rep

25th Oct – 27th Oct


Newcastle Evening Chronicle ****

deeply felt emotional performances all round” Northern Echo

Victoria Elliott’s feisty lemsip-loving mother is a treat” Northern Echo

Katie Posner’s boundlessly energetic production features two belting performances from Niek Versteeg as the philosophical Gerry and Will Graham as Sewell” The Guardian

Star performer for me was 26-year-old Will Graham who inhabited Gerry’s pie-eating friend Sewell with every ounce of his being.” Northern Echo

Mattinson’s deft adaptation of the book captures its warmth and humour” Evening Chronicle

This skillful adaptation by writer Lee Mattinson is premier league ” The I ****

Posner’s cast are electric, passionate, heartbreaking too.” York Press

An unmissable theatre experience” York Mix

The Season Ticket is a wonderful live experience to be a part of, and has been one of my favourite Pilot shows so far.” A Younger Theatre

Education Resource

You can download a free eductaional resource for teachers and students exploring The Season Ticket:

The Season Ticket Education Resource PDF

Cast and Creatives

  • Niek Versteeg


  • Will Graham


  • Victoria Elliott

    Dee/ Paula/Miss Moon

  • Laila Zaidi

    Gemma/ Clare/Shanice

  • Joe Caffrey

    Terry/ Mike/ Stephen/ Elmo

  • Kevin Wathen

    Dan/ Paul