By Sarah Jane Dickenson

Category: Drama, Women's

Formats available: Paperback, Ebook

Pages: 166

Publication date: 09/10/19

ISBN-13: 9781909954373


“I love this game. The true game. It makes you feel you belong whatever bloody genitals you were born with.”

It’s the 1980s and Alex has fallen heavily in love with Rugby League. It’s her life, her passion. She is desperate to be involved in the middle of the game. But women don’t play League; they spectate, wash the kit, make the sausage rolls.

Because her name sounds like a boy’s, Alex wrangles a place on the Rugby League Referee Training Scheme. But those in control are not ready for her, and try very hard to make her disappear.

Based on a true story, ranging from the 1980s to the present century and across two continents, REF! is a universal tale of how one woman – against the odds – proves she can not only survive but triumph.

Foreword by pioneering rugby league referee Julia Lee


“The play was inspirational. It was honest and brave.”
“Fantastic play, although I don’t follow rugby!  Was totally captivated!  Hopefully inspires women …to follow their dreams.”
“Fascinating and exciting… It tells a story far more reaching than Rugby League.”
“Great piece of drama, rooted in truth with real eye-opening moments.”


Sarah Jane Dickenson

Sarah Jane DSarah Jane Dickenson is a playwright, National Teaching Fellow and senior lecturer in Drama at ickenson is a playwright, Nationa Dr Sarah Jane Dickenson is a playwright and academic, currently a Senior Lecturer in Drama & Creative Writing and Head of Department at the University of Hull. She is a National Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She explores the use of autobiography as a way of living in a fragmented, technological and global world. Experimenting with form as a way of realizing …