The French play Sunderland
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Sunderland play extended after 'wowing' Paris audience

A story about Sunderland, complete with unemployment, beer and a football-loving boyfriend, is transfixing theatre audiences in Paris.

The play, called Sunderland, was written by former French businessman Clement Koch. He studied in Durham in 1989 and worked for six months at Sunderland's Nissan factory - the inspiration for his future work.

French newspaper Le Figaro described the play as a cross between The Full Monty, Brassed Off and Local Hero.

Now, after impressing audiences in the city, it has been extended for three months.