For two days, the town of Ashbourne is temporarily turbulent through the annual game of Royal Shrovetide Football. With its limited rules, hundreds sprawl in huddles across the town, brawling for a touch of the ball. To score is a momentous achievement due to the game’s legacy. Therefore, it is the responsibility of future generations to act as custodians for the game. Though respecting the unification and inclusivity Shrovetide brings – alongside its aggressive nature, I question the line between tradition and patriarchal dominance in allowing men to temporary fulfil their desired image of masculinity. In particular with younger generations and the rise of challenging the norms of gender, will they emulate what the past has told them to do?
Léa Brinon • Charlotte Elcock • Joe Habben • Molly Lindsay • Dominic Manderson • Isabella Paterson • Adam Stent •