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New play 14% kicks off at Contact Manchester

Poster depicting a girl throwing-in the ball at football, to depict the content of Contact Theatre show 14 per cent. Pic: Paddy Clugston
Pic: Paddy Clugston

Keisha Thompson is not only artistic director and chief exec at Manchester's Contact theatre but also a passionate football fan – as her new play 14% proves.

Now on at Contact until October 28, it's the story of professional footballer Nadia during the frenzy of the Lionesses' success.

Keisha has been instrumental in instigating conversations about the sport, its culture and its importance both locally and globally, and the FIFA World Cup matches were screened at Contact. She says: "I'm passionate about football, particularly as a Mancunian; I used to play it when I was little. There are so many political issues tied to it, so it felt like a natural thing for me to address as a topic."

The story follows Nadia, a professional footballer who is pregnant for the first time. Aware of the profound impact parenthood can have on her life and career, Nadia – played by Contact Young Company graduate Lauren Fitzpatrickmust – come to terms with her new responsibilities.

Gabrielle Heffernan, director of content at the National Football Museum – which is supporting the show – said: "We're delighted to partner with Contact. Nadia’s journey helps to tell this important story and highlights the challenges many face as the profile of the female game continues to grow.”

The show's director is Nathan Powell, artistic director of the National Student Drama Festival. The show's soundscape has been created by Tom Leah, and the immersive set design is by Alison Erika Forde.

More info and tickets here


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