Women's soccer scores in new play

Published: 17 January 2020
Reporter: David Upton

For their 49th year of touring, Mikron Theatre will be premièring Amanda Whittington’s new play Atalanta Forever which looks at the story of the pioneering women in football in 1920.

It will kick off at The National Football Museum in Manchester April 18 then tour nationally by road and waterway until October 24.

The play is based on the true story of one of three women’s football teams in Huddersfield in postwar Britain. During the Great War, several women’s football teams had sprung up around the country, usually based in factories or munitions works, and proved a great success in raising money for hospitals, war widows and so on.

Their popularity can be measured by the estimated 25,000 that packed Hillsborough, Sheffield for the game with the Dick, Kerr Ladies of Preston.

Based in Marsden, at the foot of the Yorkshire Pennines, Mikron tours for most of the year on board a vintage narrowboat and puts on shows in places that other theatre companies wouldn’t dream of.

Atalanta Forever will be touring nationally in the summer alongside Poppy Hollman’s new play A Dog’s Tale which celebrates the enduring love between people and their dogs.