Hannah Kumari & WoLab

Eng-er-land

Ages 12+
Fri 18 Mar
Doors open: 7:10pmShowtime: 7:30pm
50 mins
Pay What You Decide

“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.”

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, combining storytelling, dance and music with 1990s nostalgia and tackles themes of racism, identity politics, lad culture, working-class masculinity and Englishness.
A play about who’s really on your team, it is set a year after the Euro 96 tournament and looks back at the summer when football almost came home.
“Leaves you alert and exhilarated.” Fringe Review
“A joy to watch.” The Reviews Hub
“Something rare in theatre.” WhatsOnStage (on WoLab)
Supported by The Football Supporters’ Association and with public funding from Arts Council England.
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About the Creative Team

  • Writer/Performer: Hannah Kumari
  • Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair
  • Producer: Alistair Wilkinson for WoLab
  • Choreographer: Nadia Sohawon
  • Sound Designer: Tingying Dong
  • Dramaturg: Milli Bhatia

 

Hannah Kumari
Hannah Kumari is a performer, theatre maker and writer originally from the Midlands and now based in Frome. She has worked for BBC, Channel 4, Universal Spain, Little Angel and Horse & Bamboo among others, and been featured on BBC Sportshour, Channel 5 News and BBC Newsnight. Hannah was recently commissioned by Bristol-based Theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble to develop & present a new piece of theatre; she creates interdisciplinary work inspired by her own experiences. ENG-ER-LAND had its premiere with a sold-out run at Jermyn Street Theatre in London in June 2021.
WoLab
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, which is touring to 16 partner venues in Spring 2022, other work in development includes: Screwdriver by Eve Cowley and Elin Schofield, heading into R&D with Sheffield Theatres in January 2022; A nightmare is witchwork by Billie Collins, in partnership with City of London School for Girls; In the Net by Misha Levkov, in partnership with Encore! New York City Centre; TIGER by Tom Kelsey, A Romantic Comedy by Tiwa Lade; We’ll Be Who We Are by Naomi Obeng; Ostrich - a short film 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).
Twitter: @WoLaboratory
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Reviews

“Leaves you alert and exhilarated.”

Fringe Review

“A joy to watch.”

The Reviews Hub

“Something rare in theatre.” (on WoLab)

WhatsOnStage

Pay What You Decide

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You can decide what you would like to pay now by adding a donation to your cart here, or you can pay after you have seen the show.

Looking around at other events going on in the city, we estimate that 1 ticket to similar events would cost £12.

There is no ‘right’ answer, we are not attempting to lead you to a specific figure.

You can pay £0 for your ticket.

Friday 18th Mar 2022

7:30pm