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Muhammad Ali & Me
October 6, 2016 - October 15, 2016
Directed by Mojisola Adebayo
Designed by Rajha Shakiry
By Mojisola Adebayo and the Ali Collective
October 6-15th, The Albany – then tour of UK boxing gyms
Performed in memory and celebration of Muhammad Ali, The Greatest, 1942-2016.
‘Muhammad Ali and me have one thing in common: we were Black in the seventies.’
Muhammad Ali and Me is the critically acclaimed coming-of-age story of a young black girl growing up in foster care and her fantastical friendship with the legendary, Muhammad Ali.
Ali was always full of surprises. He danced in the boxing ring, rapped at press conferences, recited poetry in TV interviews, preached Islam from the back of a Cadillac and invoked revolution in a generation.
In the spirit of Ali, Muhammad Ali and Me is a rich, ‘beautifully rendered’ (What’s On Stage) production full of wonder told through poetry, dance, boxing, African acapella singing, audience interaction and integrated British Sign Language. Ali himself makes a guest appearance through verbatim text and original fight footage, with cartoon animation, pyrotechnics, magic tricks and a superb eclectic 1970’s sound track.
‘As a piece of stagecraft, an entertaining kaleidoscope of social and political history, only one description will do: this is a play that ‘floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.’ WHAT’S ON STAGE ★★★★
This show has a knockout stage design courtesy of Rajha Shakiry. Adebayo, who plays both Ali and the girl, is quite a performer: she can also charm your socks off when she wants to. Charlie Folorunsho makes an impressive foil…The ambition is huge. You couldn’t ask for more. TIMEOUT
A must-see for Ali fans.’ AFRIDIZIAK ★★★★
After a sell out run in 2008, Muhammad Ali & Me makes its long awaited return and once again this powerful production is packing more than a punch.
Muhammad Ali and Me is designed for both D/deaf and hearing audiences. Jacqui Bedford’s character performs in British Sign Language
Audio Described Performance Thursday 13 October, 7.30pm.
Sat 8 Oct, 5pm – Black Queer Theatre: a debate with guest speakers.
Tue 11 Oct – More than a Woman: staging LGBTQI+ identities.
Wed 12 Oct – Fight the Power: black masculinity and Islam on stage.
Writer – Mojisola Adebayo
Director – Sheron Wray
Cast – Mojisola Adebayo, Charlie Folorunsho and Jacqui Beckford
Designer – Rajha Shakiry
Lighting Designer – Crin Claxton with Mannie Manim
Producer and Music Supervisor – Debo Adebayo for Mix ‘n’ Sync
Original Music – Juwon Ogungbe
Visuals Editor – Sue Giovanni
Production Manager – Abidemi Mosaku
Company Stage Manager – Alison Pottinger
Community Consultant – Avaes Mohammad
Technical Manager – Crin Claxton
Mentor – Semsem Kuherhi
Original Dramturg – Amani Naphtali
Company voice work – Andrea Ainsworth
With thanks to Stuart Pampellone
Supported (at time of print) by Arts Council England and Goldsmiths, University of London.