Presented and produced by Fuel.
Conceived by Inua Ellams
Directed by Benji Reid
Co-commissioned by Southbank Centre and Contact.
A new physical theatre show inspired by the UK’s basketball sub-culture.
‘When we were young, we worshipped stars.
gleaming long-limbed gods
framed in the act of impossible flight,
For a time we tried to follow,
to carve out our own piece of sky
with a butter-smooth arc of an arm
and a Spalding ball glued to the fingertips‘
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.
Poetry by Inua Ellams, Bohdan Piasecki, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Nii Parkes.