Quite Unfit for Females

Quite Unfit for Females dance show
Photo: Robin Zahler

The story of Dick, Kerr Ladies is to be told through the medium of dance, in a show entitled ‘Quite Unfit for Females’.

The fancy footwork displayed on the field in front of thousands, will be reflected in performances by About Time Dance Company.

The premiere of Quite Unfit for Females will take place outdoors on 18 September during the Lancashire Encounter Festival in Preston. Performances will be presented in the Flag Market at 2pm and 5pm.

There will be a further public performance and a school workshop at the National Football Museum in Manchester and Myerscough College, near Preston, in October.

Preston-born Jenny Reeves, About Time’s artist director, has choreographed the performances funded by Arts Council England, the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and the National Football Museum.

“There’s an amazing link between the physicality of football and dance, and the story of Dick, Kerr Ladies is inspirational,” she said.

“Women’s football is on the rise so it’s a really exciting time for the story of Dick, Kerr Ladies to be told.”

The cast of five dancers have trained with a football coach to ensure their movements mirror those of the game.

Quite Unfit for Females will encapsulate Preston’s local heritage, celebrate women’s history and could bring dance to an international sports audience, with the hope of further performances at the Women’s Euro tournament next year.

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