To create Result, a fresh new play that exposes the hidden existence of depression and anxiety among young football players.
Result stemmed from a conversation we had with a Sports Psychologist over two years ago. The more we spoke with him, the more alarmed we became about the mental and physical pressures that were being placed on footballers at such a young and crucial age.
Two years later, we've arrived at a play that follows the lives of four young players, all of whom are battling with the usual trials and tribulations of being a young man but with the added strain of being in their final months of training in a youth football academy before they are either offered a contract or dropped. The piece combines a stunning script with striking movement and an original score to address the frightening pressures of the beautiful game.
Result will premier at the Pleasance Theatre Islington on 21st April 2015 for a month long run
This is a really important show that has the potential to make a huge impact. The play's message is to overcome that ongoing taboo and admit it is fine for a young man to admit either they're scared, lonely, gay or simply doubting. Although the play is fixed in the world of football, the piece deals with the universal themes of race, homophobia and mental health, and will resonate with any young man or woman who has struggled to just tell someone "I'm struggling."
Gary Lineker, noted sports commentator on Result "This is a brilliant idea. It has the potential to be an important play. It could draw attention to aspects of football and mental health and masculinity that people rarely acknowledge or talk about."
Simon Stephens, Olivier Award Winning Playwright on Result "Result could be something remarkable. It could explore and excavate a darker side of our national obsession that is rarely examined or even talked about. This type of exploration, it strikes me, is exactly what drama is for."
The show has had a really fruitful development period and garnered support from the Peggy Ramsey Foundation, the Charlie Hartill Fund and Arts Council England.
We are now at the critical point where we are about to mount the full production, and we are looking to a wider community to help us raise the money to realise this groundbreaking new piece of theatre.
We are looking to crowd-fund £5,000.00. This money will go towards paying the cast of 7 actors, advertising the play, paying for the creative team who direct and design, as well as paying for technicians who can turn a paper plan into a reality on stage.
Result during a Research and Development workshop held in October 2014
We are a devising theatre company that fuses text, puppetry and movement to create original and emotive theatre. We are committed to creating work that tackles contemporary and evocative themes and ideas, and particularly focus on encouraging active discussion and engagement with young people.
We were co-founded in 2005 and have since enjoyed three critically-acclaimed shows. Our debut show, Imogen, received major critical-acclaim whilst touring the country, being featured at venues such as the Bristol Old Vic Studio and the Ustinov Studio, Bath. Since then, we have produced two other shows, Feral and Tom’s, both of which were a major success.
We have previously received support from the NT Studio, the Soho Writers’ Centre, The Peggy Ramsay Foundation and the Arts Council England.