"[it is] a lovely dialogue on what it means to be a young woman finding your way. A really delicate and tender way to explore the intense and rife subject matter, the pressures and expectations on young women" - Audience Feedback, Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
★★★★ "In a time when the world seems pretty dark, it's lovely to see such an uplifting piece of theatre that highlights the importance of passion, hard work and friendship." RewriteThisStory
After critically and publicly acclaimed performances at The Other Palace Studio, and Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Mercury Theatre Colchester Scratch Nights, Squad Goals has been offered the chance for further development and a showcase for industry professionals at The Park Theatre, but we need your help to get there!
Its the summer holidays and everyone has world cup fever, but not in the usual way. England women’s are tearing up pitches and making a name for the female game. Lexi, who never had the opportunity to be taken seriously inspires a group of school leavers to redefine the game in her home town in Essex.
This new unabashed comedy takes a long hard look at the prejudices against and expectations of young women in the 21st century.
Squad Goals was first performed as a 60 minute, one-act play at The Other Palace Studio in August 2019. Segments of the play went on to be included in both Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Mercury Theatre Colchester Scratch Nights (for showcasing new or developing work).
The overwhelming feedback from these performances was that audiences would like to see a longer version of the play, with more time given to each of the 10 incredible characters' stories. From this sprang the idea of developing the show into a two-act piece, to do justice to the characters and their relationships. We have also received significant interest from venues and producers in programming a two-act version of the play.
So all that's left to do now is produce a two-act play! In order to do this we need a week of research and development workshops with five actors and a whole host of local community workshops and Q&As to make sure Michelle can remain true to the diverse stories we are seeking to represent.
Once the script is complete, we need to be able to show it to industry professionals who can then take it to the next stage and get it out to the public so that it can reach the wide diverse audiences we want it to reach. We therefore need to rehearse and then perform the full script for artistic directors, venues, and commercial producers. We have been provided this performance opportunity by the Park Theatre, but now we need the money to make it happen!
Where Your Money Will Go
- Cast and Creative Fees
- Providing workshops and Q&As in schools and local communities in Essex as part of the play's development
A play of this scale costs in the region of £15,000 to develop and stage so your contributions will be combined with grants we've applied for, in-kind contributions from organisations and supporters, private investments and the company's money in order to bring this story to life.
We are committed to total transparency so if you would like a full copy of our budget please don't hesitate to get in touch.
The Creative Team
Michelle Payne - Writer
Michelle Payne is a playwright, director and actress from Essex. After training in acting at Performance Preparation Academy & Arts Ed, Michelle began writing for stage in 2015 under the mentorship of Philip Ayckbourn with the Queens Theatre Hornchurch and directing her own work soon after. Her first play Orchid premiered at the Camden Fringe and won “Best New Writing” & “Best Actress: Michelle Payne” at the Moors Theatre Awards. Michelle has since directed and/or written for Edinburgh, Camden, Brighton, The Brewery & Wandsworth Fringe Festivals, winning “The Brewery: Best in Fringe” for Full Circle, her play about female mental health set in Essex. Her one woman show Sad About the Cows completed its run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in May 2019.
She also runs Caspa Arts actor training for under-represented voices, a role which includes writing her students a brand new one act play every term.
Michelle has a passion for female-led new writing and is hell-bent on challenging the Essex girl stereotype.
Writing Credits: Orchid (Moors Theatre & Etcetera Theatre), The Staff Room (The Bunker, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Edinburgh Fringe 2017), Sad About the Cows (Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Phoenix Artist Club, Comedy Rooms), The Robbing Class (Spotlight, Comedy Rooms).
Mia Jerome - Director
Mia Jerome is a director, writer and actress from Essex. Mia has written and directed three seasons of work for the Fourth Monkey Ensemble for Camden Fringe, and worked on a number of projects with Punchdrunk. Her most recent credit saw her direct Second Home for Vault Festival. She is an associate artist of Dogma Theatre. Mia is keen to explore the gap between pain and laughter, and is excited to get back to her roots and start work on Squad Goals.
Mia toured the U.K. in 2018 with CBeebies show, ‘Bing live’, and plays the role of Bella in Punchdrunk’s ‘Small Wonders’.
Sundeep Saini - Choreographer
Sundeep Saini is a choreographer, teacher and dancer who strives to push performers to reach their full potential in technique and performance. She focuses on musicality and production style whilst pushing the boundaries of choreography and movement. She is passionate about developing the expectations of Actor Musician productions and making theatre accessible to a wider audience.
Choreographer Credits: Jack and the Beanstalk (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), HABS Gala – Sound of Music Excerpts (Barbican), Beauty and the Beast (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), This Girl Can – Flash Mob (Sports England), Seussical the Musical (Chelsea Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Westminster Kingsway Theatre), The Wiz (Monte Hall), Guys & Dolls (Monte Hall), Fame the Musical (The London Palladium), Bugsy Malone, Dracula Spectacula, Back to the 80’s, Pirates of Penzance (Future Faces Theatre School).
Morag Davies - Producer
Morag Davies is an Actor and Creative Producer from London. After graduating from Oxford University in 2016, Morag began her career in corporate communications and marketing where she worked for a year with over 100 high profile clients across several industries. She later moved into the world of arts marketing and producing where she now works with and consults for numerous theatre companies and organisations including Boundless Theatre, The Oxford Playhouse, Likely Story Films, and Caspa Arts. She is the Non-Executive Director for Marketing on the board of Nuu Theatre, a company that specialises in making theatre with and for 18-25 year olds. She is committed to championing female-led work, and reaching new and diverse audiences of young people.