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
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