‘There shouldn’t be a sporting occasion, a theatrical occasion, any occasion where people don’t come back home ever.’
On May 11th 1985, 56 people who went to watch the football at Bradford City Valley Parade would never come back home.
Adapted from the testimonies of 60 football fans, survivors, firemen and medics, The 56 tells the story of what happened that day. Some families lost two or three generations in the fire. Many described the aftermath as a ‘city in mourning.’ But from grassroots funding initiatives to the Bradford City Football team’s decision to attend all 56 funerals, a theme that resonates is that the community pulled together. This, ultimately, is what the play ‘The 56’ is about: recovery, rather than tragedy; love, rather than loss.