Muhammad Ali and Me (Burnley)

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'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 packs more than a punch. 

Muhammad Ali and Me is designed for both D/deaf and hearing audiences. Jacqui Beckford’s character performs in British Sign Language and will interpret every performance through BSL. 

Audio Described Performance Thursday 13 October, 7.30pm.

Recommended age 11+ 

Performed in memory and celebration of Muhammad Ali, The Greatest, 1942-2016.


Cast - Mojisola Adebayo, Charlie Folorunsho and Jacqui Beckford 

Writer - Mojisola Adebayo | Director - Sheron Wray  

Designer - Rajha Shakiry | Lighting Designer - Crin Claxton

Original Music - Juwon Ogungbe | Music Supervisor - Mix n Sync

Visuals Editor - Sue Giovanni | Producer - Debo Adebayo

Production Manager – Abidemi Mosaku | Company Stage Manager – Alison Pottinger



30 October; xercise4less, Kingsway, Burnley, BB11 1BJ. 14.00 Matinee. All welcome (fully accessible venue).  Presented as part of the Burnley Literature Festival.

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