PREVIEW: Squad Goals, Dagenham & Redbridge Football Ground

The world premiere production is set to take place at the football ground from the 14th September until the 10th October.

(c)Zac Cooke Photography

Written by and co-directed by Michelle Payne and Mia Jerome, Squad Goalsis a new immersive theatre production that tells of the lives, ambitions and relationships among a diverse group of young female school leavers who are inspired by the success of England’s lionesses and form a 5-a-side squad in their home town, Dagenham.

This physical show, filled with dance and drama is set to star a cast of
incredible local Essex-based actors, recent graduates and West End performers including Jade Marvin (Six, NCL), Annie Southall (The Boyfriend, Menier Chocolate Factory) and Lucy Aiston (Six, Bliss Cruise production). The ten roles have been double cast, with four swing performers,meaning the production is secure from cancellations even if any of the cast need to self-isolate.

Squad Goals originated as a one-act play at The Other Palace Studio after
scratch nights at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Mercury Theatre Colchester. Now Caspa Productions have reimagined the production with a new and exciting approach to socially distanced theatre, providing employment opportunities for a large cast and numerous creatives.
The team seek to engage with a young and diverse audience through workshops, Q&As and special performances for schools, colleges and community groups.

Talking about the production writer and co-director Michelle Payne comments “Growing up in Essex, football was really important to me, I wanted to create show that fully embraced that sense of community. We
need something positive for our young people and our local community that’s supports both the sports and arts industry. Act one is a full immersive experience where you pick a side and meet your squad. Act two consists of a 5-a-side football match in the style of a dance routine. We’re massively inspired by Essex dance troupes such as Diversity and wanted to create a spectacle where people can be rooting for their chosen teams.”

Squad Goals will play at the Dagenham & Redbridge Football Ground from the 14th September until the 10th October. To book tickets visit:

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