Squad Goals gets world premiere

London theatre news: Monday 24 August 2020

Immersive - Open Air Theatre - Premieres

Telling the tale of young women who set up their own 5-a-side team, Squad Goals will get its world premiere at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Ground this September.
Squad Goals from Caspa Productions at Dagenham and Redbridge FC

Image courtesy Caspa Productions

While social distancing has to be maintained during theatrical performances, the option for productions to play outdoors is proving popular - at least for now while the weather is still warmer and (hopefully) kinder.

Squad Goals is a new immersive show from Caspa Productions that, like other shows, is taking advantage of outdoor performance but has another sound reason for choosing its location, given its subject matter.

Where better than to launch a show about football than in a football stadium?

Squad Goals gets its world premiere at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Ground from Monday 14 September to Saturday 10 October 2020.

The play 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.

Squad Goals follows the challenges they face as they struggle to be taken seriously in a world seemingly designed to stop them reaching their potential.

The play originated as a highly-acclaimed 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.

Writer and co-director Michelle Payne said ...

"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."

As you might have already gathered, Squad Goals is a highly physical show, filled with dance and drama, which will be brought to life by a cast of 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 4 swing performers, meaning the production is secure from cancellations even if any of the cast need to self-isolate.

Here's the promo video ...

Show listing information


Everyone has football fever, but not in the usual way.

England's Lionesses are tearing up the pitch and making a real 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 of Dagenham.

Squad Goals is a brand new immersive experience from Caspa Productions.

The show will have its world premiere at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Ground this September and run for 4 weeks as a socially distanced, outdoor, immersive experience.

​Jump into the action by joining one of two rival football teams and make your way from trials to the match with your teammates.


Ellie Seaton - Lexi

Ashley Runeckles - Misha

Morag Davies - Scrappy Doo

Holly Richard Smith - Mel

Bessy Ewa - Amanda

Holly Liburd - Missy

Joe Thompson-Oubari - Shane

Jade Marvin - Sharky

Alice Gruden - Assassina

Annie Southall - Ellie-Mae

Hannah Khalique Brown - Lexi

Annie Service - Misha

Charlotte Payne - Scrappy Doo

Yasmine Gazzal - Mel

Tianna Sealy-Jewiss - Amanda

Jasmine Davis - Missy

Jamie Corner - Shane

Kia Brame - Sharky

Giorgia Falconi - Assassina

Victoria Louise - Ellie-Mae

Leonie Wall - Swing/ASM

Oliver Bower - Swing/ASM

Lucy Aiston - Swing/ASM

Pippa Conway - Swing/ASM


Author: Michelle Payne
Director: Michelle Payne, Mia Jerome
Choreography: Sundeep Siani
Lighting: Holly Ellis
Sound: Nicola Chang
Movement: Sundeep Siani
Production: Caspa Productions


Dagenham and Redbridge FC
Victoria Road
RM10 7XL


From: Monday 14 September 2020

Closed: Saturday 10 October 2020


Previews: £22.50

Standard: £25


Previews: £12.50

Main run: £15

Weekday Matinee 'Straight from School' - £10


Show website
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