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WHEN THE EYE HAS GONE By Dougie Blaxland

When The Eye Has Gone tells the story of the all too brief life of Colin 'Ollie' Milburn - the cricketing legend who was one of England’s most unlikely sporting heroes.

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 is produced by Roughhouse Theatre and LiveWire Theatre and was commissioned by The Professional Cricketers’ Association

Press for When The Eye Has Gone:

From greatness to self-destruction: Colin Milburn’s story to take centre stage

By Matthew Engel (The Guardian 21/10/16)

How do other sports support mental health issues?

(BBC Sport 6/10/16)

The tragedy of one of England's true big-hitters

By Scyld Berry (The Telegraph 15/5/16)

A sporting hero cut down in his prime

(Newcastle Chronicle 29/10/16)


BBC Test Match Special: Interview with Dan Gaisford and Jim Graham Brown


BBC World Service: Interview with Dan Gaisford and Shane Morgan




ITV Feature on Colin Milburn and When The Eye Has Gone can be found here.

"A brilliant show whose boundaries extend well beyond the world of cricket.”

Review: British Theatre Guide 29/10/16

"A tour de force”

Review: Bath Chronicle 2/11/16

"An amazing performance by Dan Gaisford...professional theatre at its most formidable.”

Review: Dorset Echo 4/11/16

"You will be engaged and entertained...a real tour de force”

Review: Deep Extra Cover 5/11/16

"...not only an entertaining night's theatre but a story that needed to be told."

Review: ESPNCRICINFO 11/11/16

"...a mesmeric virtuoso performance which was every bit as gripping as one of Milburn's swashbuckling innings".

Review: Kent Online 16/11/16


“…brimming with charisma and honesty. Blaxland has skillfully worked Milburn’s life into an arresting parable.”

Review: The Stage 21/11/16

“…what makes Blaxland’s piece so compelling is that Milburn’s is a universal tale…(his) exuberance was brilliantly resurrected by Dan Gaisford.”

Review: The Telegraph 22/11/16

"Beautifully crafted. Dan Gaisford...skilfully captures the psychological

make-up and the spirit of the man."

Review: Nottingham Post 24/11/16

BBC Test Match Special - October 2016
00:00 / 00:00
BBC World Service - Stumped Nov 2016
00:00 / 00:00

The creative team of When The Eye Has Gone:

Actor: Dan Gaisford

Director: Shane Morgan

Movement Director: Moira Hunt

Writer: Dougie Blaxland

Sound Designer: Yas Clarke

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