The world premiere of Would You Bet Against Us? was at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in May 2022 and toured to various community spaces in and around Birmingham throughout June 2022. 


A comic and moving celebration of Aston Villa’s greatest triumph 

It’s 1982. Aston Villa beat Bayern Munich 1–0 to win the European Cup. They remain one of only five English teams to win the biggest prize in club football – yet no one thought they stood a chance. 

Around the corner, 16-year-old Paul’s geography teacher tells him he will amount to absolutely nothing.

Aston Villa were complete underdogs. So was Paul… And Paul’s geography teacher was a complete ********.

Would You Bet Against Us? marked the 40th anniversary of an iconic event for Aston Villa, for Birmingham and for Paul. A hilarious, poignant, and uplifting show about challenging expectations and proving people wrong. 

A Told by an Idiot and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production



★★★★★ 'This is an innovative, slick, five-star production which is a must see' MIDLANDS ARTS MAGAZINE

★★★★ 'A great night’s entertainment, and you don’t need to be a football fan to enjoy and appreciate it' WESTENDBESTFRIEND

★★★★★ 'A celebration of family and a shared love of football in equal measures' NOT COMPULSORY

★★★★½ 'A warm, funny and lovely piece of theatre which can be appreciated even if you are not a football fan' BEHIND THE ARRAS

★★★★★ 'An underdog story we can all get behind, football fans or not' STAGE TALK MAGAZINE



Created by Told by an Idiot

Performers Lori Hopkins, Paul Hunter, Heather Lai, Kyll Thomas-Cole

Writer Paul Hunter

Designer Sophia Clist

Lighting Designer Lucy Adams

Sound Designer and Composer Esther Kehinde Ajayi

Puppetry Director Rachel Leonard

Associate Directors Ursula Martinez and Michael Vale

Dance Choreographer Etta Murfitt

Puppet Designer and Maker Lyndie Wright

Assistant Director & Script Coordinator Andrea Cabrera Luna 

Production Manager (for Told by an Idiot) Martyn Sands

Technical Stage Manager Cosmo Cooper

Deputy Stage Manager Alex Hobbs


Tour Dates 2022

19 May - 4 June       Birmingham Repertory Theatre

12 June                         610 Kingstanding - Birmingham Settlement

15 June                         Aston - Birmingham Settlement

17 - 19 June                Aston Villa - Academy Building

22 June                          Free@Last - Nechells

23 - 25 June                 Hurst Road Community Centre - Sandwell

As part of Would You Bet Against Us? We worked towards the Baseline level of the Theatre Green book, to read about our experience and find out more, click here.