Muhammad Ali and Me - (Langdon Park, London)
Monday, 24 October 2016 from 18:30 to 19:30 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
'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 including a national tour of boxing clubs 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 & CREATIVE TEAM
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
DATES & DETAILS
LONDON (Langdon Park)
24 October; Spotlight, 30 Hay Currie Street, Langdon Park, London, E14 6GN. 1830. Fully accessible
When & Where
Mojisola and Debo Adebayo in association with the Albany and idle women
Mojisola Adebayo is a South-London born, Nigerian / Danish performer, playwright, producer, director, workshop facilitator and teacher. Mojisola is a part-time Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre Practices and Dramaturgy in the Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is an active practitioner / researcher and is completing her practice-as-research PhD at Queen Mary University, which explores ways of challenging homophobia in Africa and the Diaspora and creating space for black / queer ‘togetherness’, through theatre productions and participatory projects. She is a prolific professional international theatre artist / academic.
Over the past 20 years, she has worked on theatre projects across the world including Antarctica, Botswana, Brazil, Belgium, Burma, Canada, Finland, Greenland, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Malawi, Mauritius, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, the USA and Zimbabwe. She has acted in over 40 theatre, television and radio productions, scripted, devised and directed over 30 plays and has lead countless workshops and training courses. www.mojisolaadebayo.co.uk
The Albany is an arts centre based in the heart of Deptford with a history embedded in the local community, and driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. The venue has a 500 capacity ‘big top inspired’ main house, as well as two smaller studio spaces, many resident companies housed in offices throughout the building, a café and a large garden. They are a registered charity and any income is reinvested back into the work they do. www.thealbany.org.uk
idle women initiates, creates and produces contemporary art with women. Founded by its two caretakers Cis O'Boyle, collaborative performance maker and lighting designer and Rachel Anderson, formerly producer at Artangel. Other idle women projects include a commission by Louise Lowe (Anu Productions) for Heart of Glass in St Helen’s and Ruth Ewan’s community pantomime in Strood, Kent. www.idlewomen.orgidle women (on the water) is an adventurous, collaborative, socially engaged vehicle which supports and initiates the generation of new work with an expansive network of women.