Theater show offside returns ahead of European Women’s Championships

A Futures Theater presents Offside. Cast announced for this sporting theatrical triumph which makes a timely return to dressing rooms and football stadiums ahead of the 2022 European Women’s Championships by Hollie McNish and Sabrina Mahfouzdirected by Caroline Bryant.

Performed by Charlotte Gosling, Elizabeth Hope and Amy Revelle. UK tour: Monday June 6 to Monday July 2, 2022

This energetic and powerful production will star Elizabeth Hope as Keeley/Lily. Elizabeth was a former Leeds United football player as a youth and an U15 and U17 player for England. Charlotte Gosling as Mickey/Emma, ​​who is fresh off a role in the hugely popular BBC1 series Killing Eve and Amy Revelle who plays multiple roles and has a number of substantial theater credits under her belt, join also Elizabeth.

Set in 1892, 1992 and 2022, Offside follows four women who live, breathe and play football. While each of them faces very different obstacles, the possibility of the beautiful game changing their lives – and the world – is extremely close. Written by performance poet Hollie McNish (Ted Hughes Award for Nobody Told Me) and poet, playwright and performer Sabrina Mahfouz (Top Fringe Award for Chef)

With hard-hitting storytelling, lyrical poetry and dynamic physicality, Offside puts audiences right on the sidelines of the game of a lifetime.

Caroline Bryant, Director, said: “I am so happy to bring this piece back at this time to bid it a final farewell, eight years after research began. It has been a joyous production throughout its creation and development. his tour. The stadium dressing rooms are particularly exhilarating and rewarding. Working in the authentic football stadium creates a brilliant triangle of equals. The artistic qualities of a great show blend with the unique atmosphere of the dressing rooms and are complemented by the intimate relationship with the public Women’s football is growing in popularity, professionalism and the profile that I really celebrate.

“Women’s football has a political foundation and today’s players can continue to build on the activism of previous generations for equality. As a company amplifying marginalized women and non-binary voices, Offside is the perfect accompaniment to continuing the quest for fairness through the lens and power of the rich traditions of football.Whether you play professionally, for fun or community football, come and support a company that constantly strives to change mindsets for women in sport and everywhere!”

Alongside this tour, Futures Theater will release a special podcast episode in June 2022, “Football Is Life”, featuring writings by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish and created in conjunction with Steppers WOC, a community group for women of color over 40.

This unique episode follows the hit podcast series Fully Amplified which was released in 2021. Fully Amplified, which was co-produced with Reduced Listening, won a Silver Award at the Anthem Awards (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Category), was a finalist at the International Women’s Podcast Awards and is currently nominated for an ARIAS (Grassroots Category) award.

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