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The 56 – Bradford City Fire: A Testimony

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Monday 11th May 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire, when 56 football fans died at Valley Parade. Alongside the remembrance events a theatrical production has been touring the country.

‘The 56’ retells the story of those involved in the fire and is adapted from real-life testimonies and interviews with witnesses. The play has been very positively received and there are still plenty of opportunities to see it:

  • 23rd May: The Lowry, Salford – 0843 208 6000
  • 30th-31st of May: Theatre Deli, North Sheffield – [email protected] 
  • The 56 is also visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – info here…

All the profits from The 56 will be donated to University of Bradford Burns Research Unit.

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