The 56


Tom Lodge

Danielle Philips 

Will Taylor

Creative / Production Team:

Deputy Stage Manager            Lauren Archer

Lighting Designer                       James Bailey

Stage Manager                         Dominic Corfield 

Set designers                              Edward Cramphorn                                                     John Woodhead

Sound Designer                         Sam Pope 

Producer                                    Elin Schofield 

Assistant Producer                    Yasmin Williams

Writers                                        Gemma Wilson

                                                   Matt Woodhead 

                                                   Workshopped and                                                        developed with the                                                      original cast.


Director                                     Matt Woodhead 

At 3.40pm on 11th May 1985, a small fire broke out in the main stand at Valley Parade football ground during the last game of the season. Within four minutes, the wooden structure was ablaze.

Adapted solely from over sixty real-life testimonies, this pertinent piece of documentary theatre pays homage to the supporters who lost their lives in one of the darkest days in British footballing history.

The 56 examines solidarity, strength and community in the face of overwhelming tragedy. 

‘Nobody dies in football matches in fires. It doesn’t happen.’

Developed with The Lowry and The Civic in Barnsley

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Registered Charity No - 1187346

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