Set in the bar of The North Briton pub in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, When The Eye Has Gone tells the all too brief life of Colin “Ollie” Milburn – the cricketing legend who was one of England’s most unlikely sporting heroes.
The action takes place on the 28th February 1990 during Milburn’s final cabaret performance as “Jolly Ollie”, the persona he had developed to conceal his insecurities and suffering.
Full of song, reminiscence and gallows humour the story swings backwards and forwards in time as he drinks yet another large gin and coke and re-enacts vivid memories including the triumph of his first Test Century against the West Indies at Lords in 1966 and the disaster of losing his left eye in a car accident in 1969.
When The Eye Has Gone was a sell-out success on its 2016 national tour enjoying great critical acclaim:
“ a brilliant show whose boundaries extend well beyond the world of cricket”
British Theatre Guide
“ theatre at its most formidable – an amazing performance by Dan Gaisford”
“a real tour de force – there are many laughs among the tears”
Deep Extra Cover
“a work of genius”
“Last and by no means least, Lord’s Cricket Ground made a rare appearance as a theatrical venue, hosting When the Eye Has Gone by Dougie Blaxland. This biographical solo show about larger-than-life cricketer Colin Milburn was touring the country and proved both witty and poignant in roughly equal measures.” – British Theatre Guide’s review of the year