THU 27 - SAT 29 APR, 8pm
Tickets: £15.50 / £13.50 concessions
Futures Theatre Company
Writers: Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish
Director and Originator: Caroline Bryant
It is 1881. It is 1921. It is 2017.
Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very different obstacles in pursuing their dream profession, the possibility that the beautiful game will change their futures – and the world – is tantalisingly close.
Offside is told through lyrical dialogue, poetry, and punchy prose, placing the audience on the touchline of the game of a lifetime.
"Not just a play about football - it is a play real women who have dared not to fit the stereotypes" ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reviews Hub
DID YOU KNOW: In 1921, the Football Association ruled the sport “quite unsuitable for females and … not to be encouraged”. For the next 50 years, women were banned from playing on FA pitches.
"Poet Hollie McNish, who wrote the play with Mahfouz, describes the women’s game as an “amazing little microcosm of the history of women’s rights”. Over the years, it’s been caught up with the fight for equality in a variety of areas. The rational dress movement of the late 19th century was partly driven by women fighting to wear clothes that were suitable for playing sport, while women’s football in Scotland was closely linked to the campaign for female suffrage. These were the stories that Mahfouz and McNish sought out."
Read the full Guardian interview
Listen to Holly McNish discussing the show on BBC Radio 4 Front Row.
Running time: 70 mins (no interval)
Recommended Age 14+
Supported by Arts Council England, The Foyle Foundation, The Professional Footballers’ Association, The Leche Trust and Unity Theatre Trust.