Dick Kerr Ladies Play

Where: Media Factory – Room 007

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

The primary school play commemorates 100 years of the Dick, Kerr Ladies and their inspirational story of overcoming discrimination and adversity to become the world’s most famous womens football team. It will be followed by a Q&A with Gail Newsham, author of “In A League of Their Own”.

The Dick, Kerr Ladies were formed in 1917 at the Dick, Kerr & Co Ltd munitions factory in Preston, Lancashire during the First World War. On Christmas Day 1917, 10,000 spectators came to Deepdale, the home of Preston North End Football to witness the start of the most phenomenal success story in the history of women’s sport. On Boxing Day 1920, 53,000 spectators packed into Goodison Park, Everton, to see the Dick, Kerr Ladies take on St Helens Ladies.

Incredibly, despite its popularity, in 1921 the FA banned women’s football, setting back the development of the women’s game for decades. Generations of football supporters grew up thinking football was a man’s game when years earlier crowds for the women’s matches had easily surpassed many of the attendances at men’s games. However, even though the FA ban prevented them playing at grounds and clubs affiliated to the FA, the Dick, Kerr Ladies continued to play football around the world becoming unofficial World Champions in 1937 and having unrivalled success until the team disbanded in 1965 leaving behind a glittering legacy.

More information can be found at http://www.dickkerrladies.com

The play was written by two UCLan Masters Degree scriptwriters Christine Tuson and Sue De Gruyther who created the Dick, Kerr Ladies Primary School play in conjunction with the UCLan Lancashire Law School and Gail Newsham. The Law School provide a lesson on discrimination and equality for primary schools to accompany the play. During the Great Northern Creative Festival the year 5 group from Harris Primary School will be performing the play to their parents and invited guests.

The Dick, Kerr Ladies display is available to be viewed all week in MIST.

The curtain will rise swiftly at 7pm. For tickets and further information please contact: Martin Salisbury MSalisbury@uclan.ac.uk