Author(s): Amanda Whittington
Company: Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
Running time: 2h 10min approx
Age recommendation: 8+
The little-known true story of the Sterling Ladies.
Known as the Dagenham Invincibles and the greatest women’s football team of World War One, the Sterling Ladies never lose a game over two seasons and are declared ‘The Unbeaten Women Champions of the Country’.
In the wake of the end of the war in 1919, the factory girls must hang up their boots and triumphs fade into obscurity.
In 2023, their war-cry is heard in the roar of the Lionesses and for Hornchurch teenager Maya, this is the event of the summer. Cheering on England from the family sofa, she conjures up long-lost footballing secrets and evokes the spirit of The Invincibles.
Written as the FIFA Women’s World Cup plays out this summer, like the best football games, the results are unknown until the final whistle.