This project is inspired by the life and writings of psychologist and ex-NBA basketball player John Amaechi, who was a bronze medallist with England in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
His personal story shines a light on the universal experience of ‘coming out’ for all gay people, and the piece will use texts from his books 'Man in the Middle' and 'The Promises of Giants'.
There are 35 Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is illegal, of which 13 countries punish homosexual acts with imprisonment or death. This event offers an ideal platform to present an imaginative celebration of sports and human spirit regardless of sexual orientation.
This project is being presented as part of the Birmingham 22 Festival, a six month celebration of creativity across the West Midlands and the Commonwealth.
The performance will feature three basketball players, three percussionists, three singers and an electronic musician. Collectively, they will create a fast-paced energetic performance of fifteen minutes on the Commonwealth Games Practice Court at Smithfield, right next to the main court where the 3x3 basketball event takes place.
What you need to know:
Applicants need to be 18+ and can apply either in writing or by sending a short video.
Find out more about the project and how to apply by clicking the link below.
Basketball has the power to change lives. The #GameTime campaign will aim to raise awareness of the positive impact that our sport can have on people no matter who they are or where they are from.
Basketball England aims to engage one million people in basketball via the Commonwealth Games 2022, 3x3 and more.
Whether you want to:
...regardless of age, gender or background, across every part of the basketball family, it's #GameTime!