In this piece by Massini, Maria Paiato tells of the battle waged by eleven English women workers for the right to play football during the Great War.
The football pitch was not a football pitch, it was a strange place, both beautiful and terrible, where things that usually went unseen in the outside world took place in broad daylight”.
In Ladies Football Club, a theatrical rhapsody with the frenzied pace typical of Stefano Massini and based on the story of the first English female football teams, the portraits of eleven women are brought to life on stage, each with a shared passion: football.
It is 1917, the Great War is raging throughout Europe. In a munitions factory in Sheffield, a group of women workers begin kicking a football around during their lunch break. Faced with endless difficulties and all kinds of obstacle, the eleven women pursue their dream with unshakable determination, gaining public support and affection regardless of conventional, moral and religious matters. But when the war ends, the men do everything they can to put their “rivals” back in their place... “through the eyes of one of the eleven women on the pitch - explains the director - we relive the thrill of the matches both won and lost, in which the result is not always the one shown on the scoreboard, and the true enemy is not always the adversary during the match”.
Maria Paiato brings to the stage the personalities, idiosyncrasies, dreams and fears of a team as unstoppable as a hurricane. This new production by the Piccolo Teatro presents an all-women story, where the fight for the right to exist is (also) won through teamwork.
Ladies Football Club
by Stefano Massini
directed by Giorgio Sangati
sets Marco Rossi
costumes Gianluca Sbicca
lighting Luigi Biondi
with Maria Paiato
a Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa production