Duration: 130 minutes
A professional Courtyard Production, written by Nick Lane.
“When your heart is the only trick up your sleeve, you can bring a giant to its knees”
This inspiring and funny coming of age story will transport you back to Herefordshire in the 70s. When Corona Pop was just a drink and Hereford’s own Ronnie Radford brought us one of the FA Cup’s greatest ever Giant Killings.
Six kids with passion, belief, and ill-fitting tracksuits, The Goal introduces us to the ball boys – Chris, Bob, Dan, Yorkie, Twig and Brian.
This is their story – of that season on the touchlines at Edgar Street watching their heroes make history. Based on the lives of real Herefordians, fall in love with these charming misfits from all walks of life as they experience the peaks and valleys of friendship.
Six professional actors play a cast of thousands in a bittersweet, nostalgic comedy, filled with 70’s music you know and love.
Whether you’re a theatre fan, a football fan, a Hereford fan or a 70’s fan, there’s something for everyone.
"With a soundtrack guaranteed to hurl those of a certain age straight back to the seventies, and a stack of laugh-out loud one-liners, The Goal is a perfect mix and match of nostalgia, humour and excitement with a heart of solid gold – and, that old cliché, something for everyone, not to mention a genuinely moving final scene. Because The Goal isn’t just about football, not even just about that goal – it’s about celebrating the biggest win of all, a sense of belonging."
"What a great evening we had at The Courtyard. The Goal is a charming, poignant, funny and moving night at the theatre."
"Nostalgia, coming of age issues, friendships – oh, and of course football – The Goal at Hereford’s Courtyard had it all, for everyone.... The 70’s soundtrack made us sing, references to choppers, Corona pop, parkers and flares gave us wonderful flashbacks, the developing relationships warmed our souls and made us shed a tear."
"This is a brilliant show, a lovely nostalgic story of the trials and tribulations of a group of friends with football as the glue that binds them all together, it was a brilliant cast with a clever set and it appeals to all ages and sensibilities even if (like me) you are not a fan of football!"
"This is one of the best things I’ve seen on stage. Captures the 70s brilliantly and is supremely funny."
"The backdrop, images and soundtrack all added to a very emotive performance. Brilliant!"
"Just watched the performance of The Goal at The Courtyard, what an amazing piece of work. Outstanding, funny, sad and just brilliant. If you get the chance, please go and see it... "
Well... what a superb play. Full of warmth, nostalgia, sensitivity and laughter. I really wasn’t expecting such a heart-felt and gentle story - so beautifully acted and something that will stay with me for a long time. This play needs to be seen by a wider audience - an outstanding production and I’ll be telling everyone to go!
"We went to see the goal on Monday night with our 12-year-old son and our 2 friends and we loved it!! The cast were fantastic, full of emotion through the whole performance, capturing the essence of that amazing day and the journey of Hereford United through the eyes of teenage ball boys. The show was filled with lots of humour and some very clever acting using a limited number of people for the whole show, something we thought was amazing! If you haven’t booked your tickets yet book them, you won’t regret it!"
"We went to see 'The Goal' yesterday, which is brilliant! It really evokes a period when all of Hereford was celebrating and delves into childhood relationships in a funny and poignant way."
"I absolutely loved The Goal last night. It was beautifully written and played by some very talented (and funny) actors. I really liked the clever backdrop of the goal with the photos and also how the back stories of all their families were brought in to make it really multi-dimensional. It didn’t matter at all that I don’t understand (or like) football, it was just a clever backdrop for a brilliant play."
"The Goal @CourtyardArts is an absolute joy - a must see even if you have zero football knowledge (like me). Lovely, honest, uplifting storytelling"
"Some nice human stories around the football which kept non-football fans interested. It showed football and life can be intertwined to enrich our lives on this Earth. It also showed friendship and comradeship amongst young people who are superficially different. It had a warm feel good factor."