ED2021 Theatre Reviews

Sweet FA (This Is My Story Productions)

By | Published on Friday 13 August 2021

This warm, witty and wonderful play won over the audience as it explored the importance and impact of women’s football during World War One. The venue – a stage in the stands of Tynecastle Park – brings an irresistible energy, the excitement of a live match. The script is surprisingly sharp and satirical, despite the compassion of the human drama at its heart. The performances are all great, bringing depth and shade to the principal characters. The actors also play the male members of the ‘Shady Football Authority’, the pantomime villains of the piece. While their cartoonish presentation jarred at first (in contrast to the more grounded performances elsewhere), in truth caricature is the most effective response to misogynistic bigotry overcoming common sense and common decency alike.

Tynecastle Park, until 30 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]