The Invincibles

The untold story of girls who played for the love of the game

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production


Known as the Dagenham Invincibles, Sterling Ladies are the greatest women’s football team of World War One. Over two whirlwind seasons they will never lose a game. The New York Herald declares them “The Unbeaten Women Champions of the Country.” Yet in 1919, the factory girls hang up their boots and triumphs fade into obscurity…

In 2023 their war-cry is heard in the roar of the Lionesses. The world has changed, yet the Women’s World Cup evokes The Invincibles joyous spirit. For Hornchurch teenager Maya, it’s the event of the summer. Cheering England from the family sofa, she also conjures up long-lost footballing secrets …

This world premiere play from Amanda Whittington, one of the most widely performed playwrights in the UK, will be written as the World Cup plays out. Like the best football games, we won’t know the result until the final whistle…

Promising thrills and spills, The Invincibles will celebrate both the Lionesses’ epic summer adventure and the pioneering women who played their heart out a century – yet just a heartbeat – before.

The Invincibles Free Sheet 2023


To celebrate the world premiere of The Invincibles, we are delighted to showcase a unique exhibition telling the story of 150 years of women’s football. A world-class collection of memorabilia, the exhibition explores the development of women’s football from the Victorian era to the Women’s World Cup of 2023.

Rare and distinctive items dating from the turn of the century to present day are on display, including items from the women’s football legend Lizzy Ashcroft Collection and her grandson Steve’s personal collection which is packed with culturally significant artefacts.

Photo Credit: Zbigniew Kotkiewicz

9 – 23 Sep 23
£19* - £29* | Under 26s £8

*+65p QNext fee
Running Time
140 minutes
20 minutes
Access Details

Audio Description | All performances from 13 Sep

Relaxed Performance (Autism Friendly) | 21 Sep | 2.30pm

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Age guidance 8+


Gemma Barnett (she/her)
Georgia Bruce (they/them)
Simon Darwen (he/him)
Yanexi Enriquez (she/her)
Emma Feeney (she/her)
Rebecca Hayes (they/them)
Nikita Johal (she/her)
Eleanor Kane (she/they)
Steve Simmonds (he/him)

Creative team

Amanda Whittington
James Grieve
Laura Ann Price
Martha Godfrey
Lighting Designer
Holly Khan
Sound Designer
Lucie Pankhurst
Movement Director
Jenkins & McShane
Stephen Bolton
Historical Consultant
Andrew Linham
Musical Director
Mary Howland
Voice Coach
Lily Jones
Football Coach

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