Theatre (drama, true-life)

  • theSpace on the Mile - Space 3
  • 19:40
  • Aug 19
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: tomcaintheatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


97+ is based on the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster where severe injuries led to 97 lives lost. Set in 2012, Hillsborough Survivors John and Steve each deal with the trauma they suffered as young boys, now as middle-aged men. John bottles up his emotions and only exposes them to his wife, Liz, as he regularly suffers from night terrors but avoids seeking treatment from the doctors. As opposed to Steve, who lives alone but seeks help from the hospital or the vodka bottle as his only support mechanisms. Despite countless setbacks, the Hillsborough Survivors continue their fight for justice.

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Danny Bingham 38 days ago

Incredible show and amazing performances from all and storytelling from a very great director. As a Liverpool fan myself this subject means a lot to me and seeing this show made me proud to be a Liverpool fan. Thank you all involved, what an unbelievably fantastic show! You’ll Never Walk Alone ❤️

Hannah-Cait Harrison 38 days ago

Really powerful show and a cast who really hated their souls on stage. As a person with Liverpudlian family, this story really hits close to home, and I’m so glad it’s being told.
Well done all

David Schmidt 39 days ago

97+ is a challenging work that powerfully illustrates the injury suffered by survivors of the Hillsborough tragedy and irs long term impacts. It is an important powerfully acted work highlighting a deep injustice . In a festival without much work that explores social injustice. What i appreciated about the work is that it did not romanticise the struggle or contrive a happy ending. Justice or vindication or even healing are not realised. Rather it is simole kindness and friendship and the resilience to keep on struggling that permeate the piece. This is an brave harrowing and uplifting work that deserves to be seen. .

Sarah Hirsch 39 days ago

A strong, beautiful and moving performance from a wonderful cast. Congratulations on a touching show and for giving a voice to so many people.

Ian 40 days ago

It's hard to say that I enjoyed watching this play; 'enjoyed' suggests a lightheartedness that the play's subject matter cannot deliver. However, the experience was so powerful that it has stayed with me for days. Its study of how trauma impacts us all differently is an important message, especially in an ever-more mentally-health conscious society. The performances of the cast were excellent and took us all on a rollercoaster of emotions: I laughed out loud, but was also almost moved to tears. You should try to get tickets before the play reaches the end of its run.

Kenneth Wong 41 days ago

Just done with the play of 97+, a play about all the aftermath and coping of the Hillsborough through the interactions of 3 actors and survivor testimony. A very genuine and resonant performance which could deeply touch audience's heart, my heartfelt ovation to Tom and their theatre production crew in bringing such a powerful education through theatre. A highly recommended play which shall not be missed.

MissyP 41 days ago

A powerful performance - highly recommend

Vic 43 days ago

This was such a powerful hour of theatre. The approach of using survivor testimony gave the performances real resonance. The three actors had a great rapport that pushed the action onwards. The audience were on their feet at the end. I think this show is destined for big things - catch it in an intimate venue while you can!

Carla 43 days ago

I went to the opening night of 97+ on Monday 14th August 2023 and was blown away by such an incredible and powerful play, audience members were pulled in on a journey with each of the characters Liz, Steve and John as if you are living it with them. Heartfelt and emotional performance from all of the actors. Hugely talented writer and director Tom Cain has produced an outstanding show and a standing ovation was very well deserved. He has a very bright future ahead of him.

Pam 43 days ago

Went to see the opening show of 97+ on Monday night - it was unbelievable. A packed theatre, full standing ovation at the end & a very powerful, emotional Play. The directing & acting was superb. It bought tears to your eyes but made u smile in parts as well. Highly recommend going to see this Play - you will be impressed by the brilliant acting of all 3 characters. Well done everyone involved.

Lynda 43 days ago

Such a well written and acted performance. 97+ had just the right balance of emotion. From Liz’s eye rolls to Steve and Johns emotional performance.
Totally immersive and powerful.
I highly recommend.

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