Rough Girls by Tara Lynne O'Neill
The Crescent Theatre
Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE.
Director Russell Bolam
Casting by Daniele Sanderson
Over a century later, their spirit resounds.
100 years after the formation of the first Northern Ireland women’s football team, an all-female cast, chronicles the courage and determination of the women who became known as the suffragettes of soccer.
A defiant group of women soccer players captivate crowds of thousands, breaking barriers amidst war and social upheaval. With skill and audacity, they charge into the male sporting domain, risking ridicule for the love of the game.
On the heels of Northern Ireland's women's team recently qualifying for the Euros, this high-energy play celebrates the courage of sporting trailblazers past and present.
Tara Lynne O’Neill’s passionate, tenacious and humorous play honours the women who kicked down doors so today's athletes could break through.
Oscar Wilde said, ‘Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but it’s hardly suitable for delicate boys.’
This is the story of those ‘rough girls’.