20 Stories High

The Spine

  • Price:
    £8 - £10
  • Duration:
    70 mins
  • Great for ages:

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?

With heavy beats, raw performances and silky football skills, 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. Created by 20 Stories High, who specialise in theatre for young people, this is not only a play about football but one which explores what it really means to be a man in the 21st Century.

Cleverly put together and staged... it is refreshingly unique.

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"Cleverly put together and staged... it is refreshingly unique." - The Reviews Hub

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"This is a raw, dynamic and exciting piece of relevant theatre that has a real beating heart and a lot to say about how we live today." - North West End

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"They say that they think it’s part gig and part theatre, part movement and part puppetry, but it really doesn’t matter what you call it, because their individual talents and the show’s originality and freshness sings out." - The Guardian (on The Broke 'n' Beat Collective)

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There are performances of this show for schools

Useful to know

Age guidance
Our 'great for ages' guidance is there to help you decide whether the show is suitable for your children.

Babes in arms
Babies under 12 months are welcome, but will not be allocated a seat.

Seating is unallocated therefore specific seats cannot be reserved in advance. Please arrive early to secure your desired seats.

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We'll always do our best to let latecomers into a performance, but we won’t be able to do this until a suitable break in the performance. Once a show has started late entry is at the discretion of the Duty Manager, and may not always be possible.

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