Newcastle legend Alan Shearer to make 'theatrical debut' in Wor Bella play, penned by South Shields playwright Ed Waugh

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer is to make his theatrical debut in a play called Wor Bella, about munitionette footballers during WW1.
Watch more of our videos on Shots!
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

The football superstar and TV pundit has filmed a to-camera piece that involves him talking about Bella Reay (Wor Bella), the Blyth Spartans Ladies centre forward who scored an incredible 133 goals in 30 games between 1917 and 1918.

Shearer's analysis is set against the backdrop of the Munitionettes Cup final in May 1918, which was attended by 22,000 people.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Blyth Spartans Ladies beat Bolckow Vaughan of Middlesbrough 5-0 to win the cup that involved dozens of women's teams from throughout the North East of England

Alan Shearer in Wor Bella.Alan Shearer in Wor Bella.
Alan Shearer in Wor Bella.

Bella Reay scored a hat-trick in the final.

Shearer said: "The story of the munitionettes who saved the WW1 war effort – working 60 hours a week in dangerous and physically demanding conditions – and still found time to play football for wartime charities, is both incredible and inspirational.

"I'm proud to be part of this excellent project and play."

Bella Reay.Bella Reay.
Bella Reay.

"It is a massive coup for us."

Alan Shearer, the 1996 UEFA Golden Boot winner, holds the record number of goals for Newcastle United (148 in 303 matches), and as a Premiership player for Southampton and Blackburn Rovers he also notched 135 goals in 256 games. His tremendous record included 30 goals for England in 63 games.

Ed added: "Alan has been tremendous. As soon as he heard about the story he came on board and provided his time for free.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"To thank Alan for his support, we are delighted to do post-show collections for the Alan Shearer Foundation. The Foundation was set up to directly support the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle which is run by St Cuthbert’s Care and provides a range of specialist respite, residential and social facilities for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments.”

Wor Bella, starring Lauren Waine as Bella Reay, will premiere at Blyth Phoenix Theatre in Northumberland on Friday, March 25, before touring the North East, taking in Hexham Queen Hall, Newcastle Theatre Royal (studio), Alnwick Playhouse, Playhouse Whitley Bay and ending at South Shields Westovian Theatre, South Shields on Saturday, April 2.

Visit for further details.

For further details about the Alan a Shearer Foundation visit

Wor Bella is supported by Arts Council England.

Support your Gazette and become a subscriber today.

Enjoy unlimited access to all of our news and sport, see fewer ads, experience faster load times, test your brain with daily puzzles and get access to exclusive newsletters.

Your support for our journalism means we can continue telling South Tyneside’s stories for generations to come. Click here to subscribe - and click here to get a snapshot of the Gazette’s news and sport to your inbox through our email newsletters.