By Inua Ellams, Directed by Benji Reid. Produced by FUEL. A Contact and Southbank Centre commission.
A physical theatre show inspired by the UK’s basketball sub-culture.
Fresh poetry combined with contemporary movement celebrates the elegance and beauty of basketball. Seen from a British perspective, The Spalding Suite gets to the heart and soul of the gravity-defying game and delves into the hopes and dreams of those who play it.
Six dynamic performers mix live beatboxing, Hip-Hop, music, moves and poetry, taking us from the fleeting high of the score and the robust camaraderie of the team, to the poignant lows of a body too worn to play the game.
The production toured extensively nationally after opening at Contact.
Conceived by Inua Ellams.
Directed by Benji Reid.
Sound by Eric Lau / MC Zani.
Design by Ti Green.
Inspired by the poetry of Nick Makoha, Bohdan Piasecki, and Roger Robinson, with poems from Jacob Sam-La Rose and Nii Ayikwei Parkes.
Produced by FUEL. Commissioned by Southbank Centre and Contact.
Funded by Arts Council England and a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.
NATIONAL TOURING DATES:
23-25 April 2015
29 April – 2 May 2015
5-6 May 2015
9 May 2015
12 May 2015
14-16 May 2015
29-30 May 2015
2-6 June 2015