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Fans for Diversity presents: ENG-ER-LAND

Hannah Kumari’s smash hit solo-show about football and identity comes to London’s King’s Head Theatre for South Asian History month (July 25th – August 10th), starring Nikhita Lesler as Lizzie in a new production from director Max Lindsay.

ENG-ER-LAND is inspired by Hannah’s personal experiences of going to Coventry City matches in the late 90s and growing up as a mixed race teenager. The show blends storytelling, dance and 90s nostalgia to explore themes of belonging, identity, football culture and the age-old question of ‘where is home’.

After performing and touring the show for three years, receiving audience and critical acclaim and being nominated for Best Stage Production at The Asian Media Awards, Hannah passes the ball to Nikhita and will produce the show through her role as Fans For Diversity campaign manager – a partnership run between the FSA and Kick It Out.

July and August’s run will be under the direction of Max Lindsay (Chichester Festival Theatre, Arcola Theatre), who is also founder of Southampton’s LGBT+ supporters’ group Rainbow Laces.

Hannah, now Fans for Diversity campaign manager, says: “I wrote ENG-ER-LAND to highlight some of the struggles faced by groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in the stands at football, and to celebrate my lifelong obsession with the game.

“The play is also an exploration of my mixed-heritage identity and the idea of Englishness – what does it mean to be English, who gets to define that, and where does football fit in?”

Millie Chanderana, midfielder for Blackburn Rovers Women said: “Fandom is often people’s first connection with football culture and traditionally this has been lacking in South Asian communities, for a variety of reasons.

“Shows like Hannah’s are an important part of this conversation as it celebrates both her love of football and her mixed South Asian heritage.

“As a person of mixed heritage myself, I feel a particular resonance with the piece as it tells a similar story to mine of what it was like growing up watching football and playing football as a female.”

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball