Inspired by true events Grit, passion, despair and hope forms the emotional core of David Jones' moving new play, a light hearted inspirational story about two girl's determination to play the game of their dreams on the stage of their dreams. SPIKE was inspired by the incident from the Beijing Olympic Games where Georgia ousted Russia from the women's beach volleyball competition in a symbolic clash that began in good spirits but saw tensions rise over the near war between the two countries. Games without frontiers (jeux sans frontieres), Peter Gabriel's classic song is perhaps the best way of summing up the play's true message where, as the song proffers, a game is never just a game. There can be good and bad reasons for athletes and nations to take on the ultimate challenge of competing at international levels and the play provides a glimpse at some of the likely happening that takes place away from the gaze of the spectators - The real game is the one that we never see. The play is set in the female volley ball players' changing room at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the story revolves around a fictional British number two women's beach volley ball team. The team, overcoming all odds, unexpectedly progress to the Semi-Finals. The excited pair, Kirsty Ryan and Natalie Bebo, is then surprisingly told by their coach, Amanda Taylor, to lose the next match. This triggers a dramatic chain of events with some very revealing and unexpected consequences. Funded by The Arts Council England UK, SPIKE was produced by 2b Acting and previewed at Thomas Danby Studio Theatre Leeds on 27th and 28th August 2009, at Seven Art Space Studio Theatre Leeds on 9th and 10th September 2009, at The Carriageworks Studio Theatre Leeds on 23rd and 24th September 2009 and at The Alhambra Studio Theatre Bradford on 16th and 17th October 2009 with a special performance at the Ilkley fringe festival on 13th October 2009.
SPIKE is the fifth play written by David Jones. David is a Jamaican born playwright that now lives and works in Yorkshire. His big break in writing for stage came after receiving a writer's development grant from the Arts Council England Yorkshire in 2005 and winning a place on the Yorkshire Arts Circus Writer Development Programme in 2006. Since then he has written and had produced plays such as Pimlico - a hard hitting look at the plight of Asylum Seekers in Britain, Full English - highlighted the subject of schizophrenia in the black community and The Cleaner - A tough drama centred on the effects of child abuse. David is also the principal writer of the 'made for Internet' three minute weekly soap drama, 'Today & Tomorrow', shown online at www.2bacting.com