Win tickets to Futures Theatre's Offside, a women’s football history play and join us at a Women in Football Offside night in London and Edinburgh with a special post show Q&A.

17 January 2017

Win tickets to Futures Theatre's Offside, a women’s football history play and join us at a Women in Football Offside night in London and Edinburgh with a special post show Q&A.

Women in Football have teamed up with Future’s Theatre Offside, a new play inspired by real and untold stories from the world of women's football from 1881 to 2017, to offer a competition for free tickets - and also the chance to join us for a night out at the theatre.

To win a pair of tickets for Offside in London, Newcastle, Bristol, Doncaster, Havant or Edinburgh we would like you to think about a younger member of your workplace, your team or your family who you could invite, who will be inspired by this play which explores inequality, self-belief and empowerment. Then drop us a couple of sentences to tell us why.

Women in Football will also be hosting a night out at the London Omnibus theatre, on Tuesday, 28th March, where we will have a post show talk with the cast and crew. We will also be at the Traverse theatre in Edinburgh on Saturday, 1st April where we will hold a Q&A session.

Tickets are selling fast for the 28th March date in London, so Women in Football have also purchased 20 tickets for this date which you are welcome to buy from us for our theatre night out.

But back to the competition and the full list of venues and dates where you can win a pair of tickets are:

  • London: Omnibus Theatre, Tuesday, 28th March
  • Edinburgh: Traverse, Saturday, 1st April
  • Havant: Spring Arts Centre, Thursday, 6th April
  • Bristol: Wardrobe Theatre, Friday, 7th April
  • Doncaster: Cast, Thursday, 13th April
  • Newcastle: Northern Stage, 27th April

Please send your entries in by Wednesday, 1st February 2017 to

Offside runs from 24th March to 29th April and details on all the venues the production is visiting, as well as cast and crew information, can be found below:

Futures Theatre presents:
A new play by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish, inspired by real, untold stories from the world of women’s football, touring theatres across the UK
24th March – 29th April 2017

Inspired by the extraordinary experiences of real female footballers, OFFSIDE provides an untold commentary on the breakthroughs and limitations in women’s football, exploring wider themes of inequality, self-belief and empowerment.

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.

The play explores the story of Carrie Bousted in Stirling, Scotland 1881 - the first black professional female footballer; Lily Parr of Dick Kerr Ladies and the introduction of the FA ban in 1921, preventing women from using FA pitches; and a fictional representation of the contemporary game, explored through two characters, Mickey and Keeley.

OFFSIDE was born out of extensive research in to the history and current state of women’s football, working with top women’s teams, Manchester City Women’s FC and Millwall Lionesses, where many players, sports scientists and others, integral to the development of the game, were interviewed to gain an in-depth insight into their world. To understand the historical context, Futures’ worked with the National Football Museum (Manchester) and the Imperial War Museum (London).

Futures Theatre, founded in 1992, is a London based charity that promotes fairness for women and girls and celebrates their untold and extraordinary lives. Using theatre they engender social change and raise awareness of the disadvantages women and young people face in society, bringing art to communities who are often socially or economically excluded from traditional theatre experiences. Futures collaborates with skilled emerging artists to develop each project, creating opportunities for brilliant female practitioners particularly, addressing the under-representation of female talent in UK theatre and celebrating this untapped potential.

Traverse Theatre have supported the development of the production by providing dramaturgical support.

Creative Team
Co-Writers: Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish
Director: Caroline Bryant
Designer: Beth Oppenheim
Composer: Tom Adams
Movement Director: Diane Alison-Mitchell
Lighting Designer and Production Manager: Dylan Tate
Assistant Director: Sophie Ellerby
Dramaturgical Support from the Traverse Theatre


24th & 25th March 2017: HARROGATE THEATRE, Harrogate
The Studio Performances: Fri 7.45pm / Sat 2.45pm and 7.45pm
Ticket prices: Full: £12 / Concessions: £10
Box Office: 01423 502 116

Tickets on sale: 14 November 2016
27th & 28th March 2017: OMNIBUS, London
The Theatre Performances: 7:30pm
Ticket prices: Full: £12 / Concessions: £10 / Groups of 6 or more = 10% off
Box Office: 020 7498 4699

Tickets on sale: 24th November 2016
30th March – 1st April 2017: TRAVERSE THEATRE, Edinburgh
Traverse 2 Performances: 8pm
Ticket prices: Full: £16.50 / Standard concession: £13.50 / Other concession: £8.50
Box Office: 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale: Tickets on sale week of 12th December 2016
The Theatre Performances: 7:30pm
Ticket prices: Full: £12.50 / Concessions: £11.25
Box Office: 023 9247 2700

Tickets on sale now
7th & 8th April 2017: THE WARDROBE THEATRE, Bristol
The Theatre Performances: 8pm
Ticket prices: £8
Box Office: 0117 902 0344

Tickets on sale 10th November 2016
10th & 11th April 2017: THE MARLOWE THEATRE, Canterbury
The Studio Performances: 8pm
Ticket prices: £12.50 full; £11.50 concessions; £10.50 Friends; £8 Discovery; £7.50 groups of 10+ and participants (of their creative classes); part of 3-for-2 offer
Box Office: 01227 787787

Tickets on sale 10th November 2016
13th April 2017: CAST, Doncaster
Second Space Performance: 7:45pm
Ticket prices: Full: £10.50 / Concessions: £9
Box Office: 01302 303 959

Tickets on sale: 23rd November 2016
20th April 2017: THE NORTH WALL, Oxford
The Theatre Performance: 8pm
Ticket prices: Full: £14 / Concessions: £12
Box Office: 01865 319450

Tickets on sale: 28th November 2016
24th April 2017: CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION, Cambridge
J2 Performance: 7:30pm
Ticket prices: £12.50 and £8.00 concessions
Box Office: 01223 511 511

Tickets on sale: December, exact date tbc by Cambridge Junction
27th – 29th April 2017: NORTHERN STAGE, Newcastle
Stage 2 Performances: 7:45pm
Ticket prices: Full: £15.50 / Concessions: £13.50
Box Office: 0191 230 5151

Tickets on sale 10th November 2016

For more information please contact Laura Horton PR / 07810 541401

Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet and screenwriter. Her 2016 plays are With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough); Slug (nabokov); Battleface(Bush Theatre); Layla’s Room (Theatre Centre) and The Love I Feel Is Red (Tobacco Factory Theatres). Her TV short, Breaking the Code, was produced by BBC3 & BBC Drama earlier this year. Her play Chef won a 2014 Fringe First Award and Clean was produced by Traverse Theatre and transferred to New York in 2014. Sabrina has been the Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry, Leverhulme Playwright in Residence and Associate Artist at Bush Theatre.

Hollie McNish has published two collections Papers and Cherry Pie and one memoir Nobody Told Me, with translations in German and Spanish. In 2014 she became the first poet to perform and record an album Versus at Abbey Road Studios and in 2016 collaborated with the brilliant Dutch Metropole Orkest on a second album. Hollie tours extensively across the UK and worldwide. She has a background in development economics and migration studies and does readings for organisations as diverse as The Economist, MTV, and UNICEF.

Caroline Bryant founded Futures Theatre in 1992 to create theatre with women at the centre, producing work inspired from authentic female stories. Caroline has developed alliances across the arts which has inspired a varied program of new writing, combining themes of justice with creative engagement and a focus on the fulfilment of potential. Informed by research, consultation and collaborations, Caroline’s work has led to her directing 28 productions, touring to traditional and site specific spaces and to a broad audience. She has created long term women’s creative engagement programmes and has directed and written interactive forum theatre training materials for performance and film. She has written three plays, most recently Paradise Street, inspired by local women’s experience of the World World II and performed in an original air raid shelter.

Beth Oppenheim recently studied Performance Design as a postgraduate at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, after reading English Literature at Cambridge University. Since then, she has designed a production of The Marriage of Figaro at the Hub Theatre exploring the plight of domestic workers in Britain, and En Folkefiende for the Pleasance Theatre during Edinburgh Fringe. Her English Literature background means her designs are rooted in text and language, and she sees her role as transforming verbal concepts into a visual metaphor.

Tom Adams is a composer and performer who has worked with among others: Daniel Bye, Annie Siddons, Miracle Theatre, Katy Schutte, Laura Mugridge and Field Trip. He is currently working on a new music project with Lillian Henley (1927 Theatre Company) about sleep talking and sleep walking. He trained as a clown and physical performer and likes to inject this humour and energy into his creative process and final product. He is incredibly excited to be working on Offside with Futures Theatre.

Diane Alison-Mitchell is a movement director, theatre choreographer and actor movement tutor. Recent theatre credits include They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida Theatre), SOUL (Royal & Derngate/Hackney Empire) and Othello, Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company). Diane was part of the creative team for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and teaches across a number of drama schools in London.

OFFSIDE represents Dylan Tate’s first official commission as a Lighting Designer. Dylan started his career as a performer and practitioner in Theatre, TV and Film. Alongside this he developed his technical experience in web design, video editing and technical design. In 2008 he founded Purple Goat Theatre a company that specialises in bringing theatre and Film to young people and community groups. In recent years he has become a trusted stage manager for several companies including Flabbergast Theatre and Futures Theatre.


Composition supported by The Leche Trust

Production supported by Unity Theatre Trust

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