Beatbox champ MC Zani performs a slam dunk in Spalding Suite

The Spalding Suite. Credit Manuel Vason
The Spalding Suite. Credit Manuel Vason

A high energy mix of basketball inspired movement and poetry that explores UK basketball culture is the subject of The Spalding Suite that tours the UK this spring.

The new show, conceived and written by spoken word artist Inua Ellams and directed by award-winning director Benji Reid, will feature UK Beatboxing Champion and World Finalist MC Zani who will perform live in the show.

The rest of the cast comprises Emmanuel Akwafo, whose credits include Forever, Cuckoo at the Bush Theatre, KM Drew Boateng who most recently appeared in new urban musical The Realness at Hackney Downs Studios, George Bray, Marcquelle Ward who recently appeared in E4 drama Banana, and Jason York who featured in 5’s a Crowd at Hackney Empire.

The Spalding Suite is a new physical theatre show that combines original poetry with contemporary movement to explore the elegance and beauty of basketball.

Spalding Suite

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, and the friendship and camaraderie behind the sport.

Conceived and written by spoken word artist and theatre-maker Inua Ellams, The Spalding Suite is inspired by the poetry of Nick Makoha, Bohdan Piasecki and Roger Robinson, with poems from Jacob Sam-La Rose and Nii Parkes.


April 23–25, Contact, Manchester
April 29–May 2, Southbank Centre, London
May 5-6, Brighton Festival, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
May 9, Hip Hop Dance Summit, Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
May 12, ARC, Stockton, Stockton-on-Tees
May 14-16, Dance Xchange, Birmingham
May 29-30, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich
June 2-6, Liverpool Everyman

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