The Goal | Dementia Friendly Performance
THE GOAL – A PROFESSIONAL COURTYARD PRODUCTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HEREFORD FOOTBALL CLUB (ALL PROCEEDS SPLIT BETWEEN THE TWO)
An inspiring and funny coming of age story, steeped in 70’s history and local folklore, set against the backdrop of Hereford United’s famous FA Cup run and election to the Football League.
Six professional actors play a cast of thousands in a bittersweet, nostalgic comedy, filled with 70’s music, as The Courtyard celebrates Hereford FC’s greatest ever victory.
Whether you’re a theatre fan, a football fan, a Hereford fan or a 70’s fan, there’s something for everyone – you’ll leave feeling inspired, entertained, proud to be local and proud of your local football club!
FEBRUARY 5, 1972.
The day Ronnie Radford lashed a glorious 35-yard shot past a despairing keeper and into the corner of the net at the Meadow End, helping Hereford United to a historic FA Cup 3rd round victory over Newcastle United – one of the FA Cups greatest ever Giant Killings.
Chris, Bob, Dan, Yorkie, Twig and Brian were right there, just like they were for all the Bulls’ games. Six kids with passion, belief and ill-fitting tracksuits – the ball boys!
THE GOAL is their story – of that season on the touchlines at Edgar Street watching their heroes, getting to know each other, swapping stories, secrets and more with the audience and each other – a unique insight into growing up in Hereford in the 70’s and what goes on behind the scenes in football.
The Dementia Friendly Performance is open to everyone, but is designed to benefit those living with dementia. It will also benefit anyone who would appreciate a more relaxed theatre environment and experience.
WHAT IS A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE?
As the first Dementia Friendly arts venue in the UK, The Courtyard is proud to offer people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers a carefully tailored performance in an environment that is comfortable and supportive so that everyone can enjoy the wonder of the theatre.
We consider everything from sound and lighting, seating plans, signage and refreshment service. We offer extra flexibility when booking seats, so if you know you need a little extra personal space you can request that the seat next to you remains unsold. A quiet room outside the auditorium is also available if you need some time away from the crowd.
WHY DEMENTIA FRIENDLY?
We know from speaking to people living with dementia that it’s easy to become isolated and to not do things which you previously enjoyed. We hope that by making some sensitive adaptations to the theatre experience, we can welcome you back to The Courtyard or encourage you to try visiting us for the first time. Our aim is to create a dementia friendly community, where people living with dementia are valued and supported. We are proud that over 150 Courtyard staff and volunteers are now Dementia Friends, and have turned their understanding of dementia into action.
Online booking unavailable for this performance, please book through Box Office