The Spine

Dates and Times

Thu 27 - Sat 29 Feb 2020 at 7.15pm

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Ticket information

£12/£10 (concession)

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Presented by Nathan Powell and 20 Stories High

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 sidelines.  

With heavy beats, raw performances and silky football skills The Spine is not only about football but about what it really means to be a man in the 21st-century. 

Co-commissioned by CPT. Supported by Arts Council EnglandP.H Holt and Kick It Out.


This performance contains violence. To read the detailed synopsis of the content to consider, please click here. 


The company don’t believe there is any health warnings in this performance.

If you have any other questions or enquiries that are not covered here please do get in touch by calling 0207 419 4841 or email James, our General Manager on [email protected].

About the company

Nathan Powell is a writer and director and associate director at 20 Stories High. 20 Stories high is a Liverpool-based theatre company that makes work with and for young audiences. | Twitter: @NathanPowell141   @20StoriesHigh | Instagram: @othniel_141    @20storieshigh | #TheSpinePlay

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