Sweet F.A.

Theatre (historical, drama)

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Description

1916. Women’s football is fast becoming the most popular game in the land. One Edinburgh factory team fights for their right to play the beautiful game. From the producers of the five-star, sell-out A War of Two Halves – audiences can expect a similar blend of history, humour, passion and poignancy with even more live music and song. Performed in the open air on a specially-built stage within the main stand at Tynecastle Park – the play dramatises the little known truth about what happened to the women's game...

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Rachel 19 days ago

This show was absolutely fantastic, loved it from start to finish. The story is hugely interesting and it is performed with such passion and skill and the music and singing is wonderful. Highly recommend!

Charlotte 20 days ago

Cracking show! We really enjoyed it and would highly recommend!

Helen Finch 21 days ago

Energetic, educational, poignant, engaging from the off and staged in a brilliantly appropriate setting, I cannot recommend Sweet FA highly enough.

Arif Zaman 21 days ago

Just joining the chorus of applause and appreciation for a powerful, polished and poignant performance that never flagged and always flew. As the father of a 10 year old Muslim girl who loves playing football, there is great scope for an educational programme to tie in with this which I hope is in place or can be explored. Of my 20 or so events I attended this week, this is probably the best on so many levels. And what a venue for such a story!

Craig Waters 21 days ago

Absolutely brilliant. Great performances, great setting, great show.

Annette Barry 22 days ago

One of the best shows on at this years Fringe . Fantastic performances from the excellent cast. I laughed a lot and learned a lot about the history of women’s football ( and I’m not even a football fan ) . I’d highly recommend this . Go and see this before it’s too late !

Martin Tanner 23 days ago

A good and lively, performance well worth a trip out to Tynecastle. Includes visual description of offside law.

john fox 24 days ago

Lively, amusing, very well performed. Good venue, great cast. Loved every minute of it.

A McDonald 24 days ago

Excellent show. Really enjoyed the portrayal of the football top brass.

John Williams 27 days ago

Original and superb show. Pathos, humour and raw talent all there. One of those shows you will always remember

Lesley Smith 28 days ago

We really enjoyed this show. Loved the story, music and songs. Learnt a lot about the history of women's football in Scotland in an entertaining way. You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy this.

Louise Pennie 28 days ago

Great show Ladies - very well done. So many stories within the whole. Super songs, music and a well drilled cast. Highly recommend.

Paul Docherty 29 days ago

We really enjoyed this. What a great setting to use for a start. Superb acting, great choreography and music. The story is fascinating and educational around the whole issue of the establishment of women’s football in Scotland but also other issues in Scottish football. Actually a very comfortable venue; the audio was excellent as well. Highly recommend - go if you can!

Fiona A 29 days ago

Great show with a really tight cast. Would recommend even if you don’t like football (I don’t).

Meredith Hyde 29 days ago

Loved this clever, funny and poignant show, from the wonderful singing to the insider jokes about Edinburgh’s football rivalries. It handled difficult subjects with grace and I’d love to see what this company does next.

Hannah Sneddon 30 days ago

Comical, emotive and savvy. I laughed (a lot), I had a tear (or two) and I was in awe of the actors and the writing! 5 stars. ⭐️✨⭐️ Very well done! Highly recommend.

Anne-Marie Weston 30 days ago

Brilliant show funny, sad and thought provoking. Loved this show an amazing cast 5*.

Alex 30 days ago

Excellent all round. Clever, poignant and funny in equal measure, we thoroughly enjoyed this very well crafted show. Highly recommended!

Faye 31 days ago

5 stars great production in a striking setting - well worth the trip to Tynecastle stadium. Football History Herstory and singing. Acting writing singing direction all top class. And a great welcome. Go and see it.

Penny Wilson 32 days ago

Fabulous show! The acting and stage presence of every cast member was excellent and every single one had a great singing voice! Terrific music, a moving story, and a striking setting for this musical historical romantic comedy/drama. It had everything! 5 STARS!!! And remember, if the @edfringe allocation is sold out you can still buy tickets at the door, or via: https://www.universe.com/users/heart-of-midlothian-football-club-4GP5VW

Chad Bunney 36 days ago

Without a doubt my favourite show that I saw this year at the Edinburgh Fringe. As a teacher I wish that this type of performance was one that I could show my students. This is a fabulously cast show and the entire team should feel very proud of the performance that they have produced. I would see this show again in a heartbeat.
It was a shame that at the interval one audience member
told me that he found the female cast explaining the offside rule funny because he'd never met a woman who could. He also stated that he wondered how many of the cast actually liked football. This was an unfortunate reminder of how far we still need to go in many ways, but hopefully the great game will continue to build from strength to strength with fantastic role models like this cast championing the game's value and opportunity for all.
The unique venue is a wonderful selling point and whilst I'd love to hear of the show touring elsewhere I can't think of any venue that would've better to watch this in.

TJ Littlewood 36 days ago

Great venue and excellent story, superbly acted, enhanced by the musical accompaniment.
Thoroughly recommend this even if you think you have no interest in football, women’s or men’s.

Ken 38 days ago

This show was excellent.
The venue added to our enjoyment.
Production, sound, venue and performances all fantastic.

Elizabeth Ann Roberts 40 days ago

Loved this show, both the performance and the venue! The cast were all wonderful - acting and musicality was super and the story was fascinating. Even if it pours you're unlikely to get wet as the seating and stage are under the cover of the stand. Highly recommended.


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Corr Blimey (4/5 stars) 28 days ago

Earlier this year across Scotland, thousands of fans descended into the streets to celebrate the Scottish team qualifying for the European Championship for the first time in nearly twenty-five years. Chaos broke out, restrictions were violated, and a debate surrounding the beautiful game reignited again as tempers flared and tears were shed.

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Musical Theatre Review (4/5 stars) 31 days ago

The journey of the women from lassies in a factory to a formidable football squad is wonderfully realised, using techniques of movement, song and character to convey the sense of pride and enjoyment the team realise. The quality of the chorus ensemble work is extraordinarily high, while each character retains their individuality.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 36 days ago

In a fine coda, the script invites us to consider where women’s football would be now, if it had not been suppressed again in 1921, for a long half century; and to wonder whether, for all the momentum behind the women’s game now, the same sudden, bleak reversal of the social and political mood could not happen again.

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The Theatre Gal (4/5 stars) 36 days ago

SWEET F.A. is an engaging, funny, tender and candid piece of theatre that makes for an insightful, inspirational and truly unique watch

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