25 July 2024 to 10 August 2024 King’s Head Theatre

A woman is smiling broadly while holding a scarf above her head that reads ENGLAND. She is wearing a blue England football jersey with the national team's emblem in the center. The black background contrasts with the illuminated subject.

A funny, painful play about longing to belong.

Hannah Kumari’s smash hit solo-show about football and identity comes to King’s Head Theatre for South Asian History month, starring Netflix’s Nikhita Lesler as Lizzie in a new production from director Max Lindsay, who is also founder of Southampton FC’s LGBTQ+ supporters’ group Rainbow Laces.

ENG-ER-LAND is inspired by Hannah’s personal experiences of going to Coventry City matches in the late 90s and growing up as a mixed-race teenager in a small midlands town. The show blends storytelling, dance and 90s nostalgia to explore themes of belonging, identity, football culture and the age-old question of ‘where is home’.

1997 is a confusing time for 14 year old Lizzie. Her mum’s from India, her Dad says he’s Scottish, but she was born here, in England. Rugby to be specific. And all she really (really) wants is to look like Gwen Stefani.

As her mates turn their back when she needs them most, and her Dad’s affection seems to be focused elsewhere, Lizzie starts to question if there's anywhere she really belongs.

Until she finds solace in an unlikely place.

Written & Produced by Hannah Kumari through her role as Fans For Diversity Campaign Manager at The Football Supporters’ Association, the national, democratic, representative body for football supporters in England and Wales

The timely return of ENG-ER-LAND follows a recent revealing and shocking documentary from Sky Sports Football’s Hidden Talent which investigates why there are still so few players of South Asian Heritage in both the men’s and women’s game, described by some as a ‘football emergency’.

Ticket price £10 - £15

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