Sunderland play gets French movie treatment

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WEARSIDE is set to miss out on its shot at cinematic glory.

Plans have been unveiled to film a French language play set in Sunderland – but the producers reportedly intend to shift the action to the French city of Saint-Etienne.

Playwright Clement Koch fell in love with North East England 20 years ago while studying at Durham University and working at Nissan’s Wearside plant.

“None of the cast had any idea where Sunderland was before they came together for the play,” said Clement, who added that seeing the work translated into English and performed in Britain “would be my greatest prize”.

“Sunderland” is the story of Sally, who decides to make some extra cash by becoming a surrogate mother.

Its portrayal of Wearside is not altogether complimentary, however, with Sally saying: “It rains so much, it feels like you’re living in a washing machine.”

The play has been a box office hit since opening at the Petit Theatre de Paris in September and is set to run until at least June, after twice having its run extended.