The critics love The Spalding Suite...

Posted: 13/05/15
By: Natalie
Tags: Theatre, Performance, Inua Ellams

... and you will too!

Check out what critics have to say about the new show created by Inua Ellams and directed by Benji Reid.

And find out where the show is touring to next here.

“explores the lives of a team of young UK basketball players with an exceptional and vigorous grace.”

“a multilayered piece that should appeal to all ages, performed by an engaging cast and boasting a terrific beat-boxing soundtrack.  Fun and sometimes unexpectedly moving too.”

Lyn Gardner The Guardian

“a fresh combination of eloquently rhythmic spoken text and a stylised physicality that honours both competitive sports and street moves”

 Donald Hutera, The Times

“[Inua Ellams] is young and talented and passionate, and writes with an ease and a beauty that is both immediate and transporting”  

Claire Alfree, The Independent

 “a visual and audio spectacle …and its message of hope….garners roars of appreciation from its young multicultural audience.”

Verity Healey, Exeunt

 “Director Benji Reid turns the sport's movement into explosive physical theatre, filled with Matrix-style slow mos and nifty ball juggling”

Matt Truman, Whatsonstage

“this is a piece of performance/theatre/dance that manages to put four young black men (out of five) on stage, in a piece about contemporary life, and not once make them discuss “issues” or patronise them. I’m not sure I’ve *ever* seen a show do that before”

Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods

“Basketball doesn’t often stray onto the arts pages. Cinema pays the occasional visit. But what about theatre?.. a bouncing ball is an unruly prop, so basketball ..tends not to trespass onto the stage. A new play by spoken word artist Inua Ellams changes all that”

And listen to the creators and performers talk about the show here:

BBC Radio 4: Front Row 5/5/2015 Radio broadcast: MC Zani introduces The Spalding Suite and joins Inua Ellams and Benji Reid to talk to Kirsty Lang about The Spalding Suite
N.B. Coverage is trailed at 00:04 and available at 14:53.