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The Spalding Suite:  This Thursday The Spalding Suite gives a (work in progress) debut  at the Southbank Centre Thu 03 July 7:30pm . A post-show talk will take place in Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Free. I’m not surprised that its is sold out.

It is a new dance theatre show inspired by the UK’s basketball subculture. Mixing poetry, spoken word, storytelling and live music with elements of hip-hop and choreography influenced by the game, The Spalding Suite examines the British response to a very American game.

The show explores how the myths and urban legends of the game cross over the ocean to intersect with the dreams and aspirations of players here and how the forces of gravity and ageing affect those dreams.

Five performers animate poetry written by Inua Ellams, Bohdan Piasecki, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Nii Parkes. Commissioned by Southbank Centre. Produced by Fuel