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Ref! Open Rehearsal

28th January 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What happens when a feisty 12 year old lass from Hull decides that her career lies in the male-dominated world of Rugby League?

A new play, ‘Ref’, produced by arts and social change charity Space2, is inspired by the true story of Julia Lee, who survived and thrived against the odds to become one of the first women to referee a men’s Rugby League match in Great Britain and Australia in the early 1990s.

Moving from the 1980s to the present day this fictionalised, heartwarming account, written by playwright Sarah Jane Dickenson, follows the story of a girl called Alex as she tackles the status quo in order to prove that she is as good as, if not better than, the men she works alongside.

Suitable for ages 15+

Written by Sarah Jane Dickenson

Directed by Francesca Murray-Fuentes

This will be an open rehearsal of the production before its tour in February 2019.

‘Ref ‘ is funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the University of Hull and supported by Hull Kingston Rovers, Featherstone Rovers, Castleford Tigers, Batley Bulldogs, Hull Kingston Rovers, Community Trust, Interplay Theatre and One to One Development Trust.


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28th January 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Interplay Theatre
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