February 2020

The Spine

By Nathan Powell
Original Music by Conrad Kira

A new play about goals, brotherhood and the football academy system

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.

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Kyle Tristan Waterson

Liam Keith Rice

Hakeem Malachi Pullar-Latchman

Creative Team

Writer and Director Nathan Powell

Designer Kirsty Barlow

Music and Sound Design Conrad Kira

Lighting Design Phil Saunders

Movement Director Rachael Nanyonjo

Producers for 20 Stories High Nathan Powell and Leanne Jones

Production Manager Fiona Hilton

“A theatrical gem, as well as a social outcry.”

Everything Theatre on ‘Takeaway’ by Nathan Powell (2018)

“Theatre at it’s best. Raw, thought-provoking and with a message that needs to be heard.”

North West End on The Broke ‘No Beat Collective (2016)


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