New Play Fusing Beats and Football Shines A Spotlight On Racism And The Football Academy System.

Written by Nathan Powell and starring Hollyoaks actor Keith Rice with brand new music from Conrad Kira.

New Play Fusing Beats and Football Shines A Spotlight On Racism And The Football Academy System.

by Culture Liverpool

“Theatre at it’s best. Raw, thought-provoking and with a message that needs to be heard.”
North West End on The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective (2016)

Award-winning theatre company 20 Stories High, acclaimed for their dynamic and ground-breaking work by, with and for young people, present their latest production The Spine.

Kyle, Liam and Hakeem dream of football, fame and fortune…after spending most of their teenage years being the spine of the team, the premier league is now at their fingertips.

But as they all reach for that golden contract, the cracks begin to appear as years of institutional racism, and hyper-masculinity begin to take their toll. Will the boys be strong enough to stick together, or will they elbow their way to the top?

The Spine is an explosive new show that shines a spotlight on a system that promises the world but leaves over 99% of young men on the side-lines.

With heavy beats, raw performances and silky football skills The Spine is not only a play about football but one which explores what it really means to be a man in the 21st Century.
Writer Nathan Powell says:

“Behind the glitz and glamour of the beautiful game, there are young boys, growing up in the academy system and trying to figure out their place in the world.

“Friendship, toxic-masculinity, racism – through The Spine, I wanted to show the incredible pressures these young men face.

“Sometimes the outcome is beautiful, often it is not, but all of these stories deserve to be told.”

20 Stories High use the influences of the young people they collaborate with to attract new, young and diverse audiences to theatres in Liverpool and across the country, and have a passion for creating thought-provoking work that pushes the boundaries of theatre.

The Spine tours nationally in 2020 to Unity Theatre, Liverpool (13-15 Feb), Crewe Lyceum, Crewe (18 Feb), Prescott Library, Knowsley (20 Feb), Huyton Library, Knowsley (21 Feb), Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London (25-26 Feb) and Camden People’s Theatre, London (27-29 Feb).

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