Offside brings you, very literally, to the touchline for a tale of women in football through the ages, and the challenges they face through their love of the beautiful game, over three different shows on the 21st and 22nd June.
Writers Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish have worked with women’s football teams from around the country, as well as the National Football Museum to bring you Offside. The “heartfelt, energetic and uplifting” play tells it’s audience the story of women living and breathing football in Britain throughout different centuries.
Brought to you by actors Fizz Waller, Marième Diouf and Jessica Dennis, Offside shows women in football in 1892, 1921 and 2017. In 1892, we are taught of the first professional black female football player, Emma Clarke In 1921 we learn about Lily Parr, who played during a time when women were banned from playing on FA pitches. In almost present day 2017, we are brought the stories of fictional Mickey and Keeley, who represent the struggles women have playing the contemporary game. All four of these characters share one thing: their passion for football.
Theatre Royal will bring you this humorous and intelligent play from the heart of Brighton’s football community, The Amex Stadium, meaning the audience really are placed at the touchline for this performance, that explores wider themes inequality, self-belief and empowerment.
Whilst we all know of the amazing success of Brighton and Hove Albion men’s team, the women’s side have also had their fair share of achievements. This season they secured a second place finish in the FA Women’s Super League 2, meaning they will be stepping up to FA Women’s Super League 1 next season, as a professional side. Naturally, to have a play exploring women’s football performed at the home stadium of this successful women’s team is fantastic for all involved.
Perfomances: Thursday 21st June, 7.30pm and Friday 22nd June, 5pm & 8pm. Tickets available here.