An energetic new play about who’s really on your team, written and performed by Hannah Kumari, presented by WoLab.
‘Walking up to Highfield Road for the first time was mind blowing. Seeing all the other people with their shirts and scarfs, feeling like you’re part of that, feeling that excitement in the air.’
1997. Last year England made it to the semi-finals of Euro 96, Gina G came third in Eurovision and 13 year-old Lizzie went to her first in-person football game: Coventry vs. Manchester City. Not the Man City of today, oil and superstars, but the old Man City – a bit rubbish, but with good fans. Lizzie fell in love with the beautiful game that day, and she’s been obsessed ever since. But then something happens to make her question her place in the stands. ENG-ER-LAND is an energetic play about who’s really on your team.
Written and performed by Hannah Kumari
Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair
Produced by Alistair Wilkinson for WoLab
Choreography by Nadia Sohawon
Sound Design by Tingying Dong
Dramaturgy by Milli Bhatia
Photography by Ali Wright
Supported by The Football Supporters’ Association and with public funding from Arts Council England
Hannah Kumari is a performer, theatre maker and writer originally from the Midlands and now based in Frome. Hannah was recently commissioned by The Wardrobe Ensemble to develop and present a new piece of theatre. She creates interdisciplinary work inspired by her own experiences.
WoLab is a working laboratory for artists to create. They provide performance makers of all experiences, with the opportunity to have a go. WoLab trains, mentors, nurtures and creatively entitles artists, helping them discover and refine their talents, and then showcases them to the industry – leading them onto other further work and exciting opportunities. Along with ENG-ER-LAND, other work in development includes: Screwdriver by Eve Cowley and Elin Schofield, In the Net by Misha Levkov, TIGER by Tom Kelsey, A Romantic Comedy by Tiwa Lade, A nightmare is witchwork by Billie Collins, Ostrich by Alistair Wilkinson, and The Director’s Development Fund, in partnership with Hannah Joss and Stage Directors UK. Past work includes: First Commissions (Paines Plough); The Actor-Writer Programme (Theatre N16/Bunker Theatre); Man-Cub (RADA/King’s Head); PlayList (King’s Head); happy ever after? (Bunker Theatre); and R&D’s of heavymetalsexyanimal by Sam Rees (Theatre Deli); and Asperger’s Children by Peter Machen (Trinity Laban).
- RUNNING TIME50 minutes
- AGE RECOMMENDATION12 plus
- VENUEThe Wardrobe Theatre