Dates for Ref! so far:
Thursday 5 July KCOM Craven Park, Hull, 7pm
Hull KR’s very own Robinettes will be opening the show for us, there’s a bar and a post show Q&A too.
Thursday 12 July Kardomah94, Hull, 7pm with a pre-show community workshop for local women to share their stories, memories and artefacts.
Tickets can be booked online here: csi2012.co.uk/ref
Or over the counter at Kardomah94 (for 12th July performance)
£5 in advance and £7 on the door
Community workshops – Drop-in for a chat with Julia and share your stories of women in Rugby League:
6th July, Robin’s Nest, KCOM Craven Park 10am – 2pm
8th July, Robin’s Nest, KCOM Craven Park 1-3pm (Pre-match)
12th July, Kardomah94, 3-7pm (Pre-show)
Space2 are delighted to be launching their latest project Ref! – Crossing the Line, which takes them on a regional tour for the first time. The project sees new partnerships for Space2 too, working for the first time with CommonSense Initiative, University of Hull and Red Ladder Theatre, supported by Rugby League Clubs: Hull KR; Featherstone Rovers; Batley Bulldogs and Castleford Tigers.
Ref! will be performed in Hull, Castleford, Batley and Featherstone during the Rugby League season alongside a programme of workshops for women to come together and share their stories of Rugby League, from washing the u11s kit on a Sunday through to the Committee room and pioneers of Women’s Super League.
Ref!, written by Sarah Jane Dickenson and directed by Rod Dixon of Red Ladder, is based on a true story that tells the heart warming, humorous story of Alex’s rise from a kid obsessed with watching the game to her tussles and triumphs to be totally involved, in charge right in the middle of the game.
It’s a universal story of how a woman – against the odds – determinedly proves she is not a victim – but a survivor.
It’s also the catalyst for a much wider ambition to collect women’s stories and memories of Rugby League to create a SMART (Social Museum and Art) Gallery that will tour Rugby League communities; be photographed to create an online version of the collection and brings an inspiring new perspective to the National Rugby League Museum, opening in Bradford in 2021.
SMART Gallery, a concept originated by artist, Helen Peyton is curated by the public for the public. Everything is considered for display and the entire exhibition depends on people’s desire to share with other museum visitors their special possessions stories and history. It is the chance for the communities to influence what exhibits are shown. Community workshops will be held in each community to gather the stories, memories and artefacts.