Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Navigating the intersections of life – relationships, cultural identity, gender, politics and place, award winning poet Anisa Nandaula joins forces with Pru Wilson (dance) and Benjamin Shannon (drums/percussion) to present How To Spell Love

Recognised for its critical social and political commentary, Anisa Nandaula’s body of work journeys into powerful new territory with this production. Exploring the experience of a young woman of colour growing up in Brisbane, How to Spell Love weaves itself through words, physical movement, percussive rhythm and a distinctive electronic soundtrack to unpack the complex dynamics that underpin the everyday moments. 

Produced by Writers Republic and directed by Margi Brown Ash, the depth of this work translates through captivating spoken word prose, supported by contemporary dance and physical movement choreographed by Nerida Matthaei and the visual design of Freddy Komp. 

“(How to Spell Love) is delivered with a complex intensity that cannot help but evoke an entire suite of emotions. In Nandaula’s renditions, there’s simultaneously roaring anger and dark resignation; triumph and terror, love and sadness.” – Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane


7:30pm, 17 – 19 September 2020
2:00pm, 19 & 20 September 2020


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village


General Admission $15 + booking fee


Anisa Nandaula – Writer / Performer
Benjamin Shannon – Percussionist / Composer
Pru Wilson – Dancer
Freddy Komp – Visual Designer
Nerida Matthaei – Choreographer
Margi Brown Ash – Director
Toni Wills – Producer / Dramaturg
Alasdair Cannon – Musical Producer
Tim Loydell – Producer 

Image by Cynthia Lee.  


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Anisa is a nationally recognised spoken word poet, playwright, educator and published author. She is the 2016 Queensland Poetry slam champion and runner up for the Australian poetry slam championships. In 2017 she published her first book Melanin Garden and won the XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Splendour in the Grass, Queensland Poetry festival, Women of the World festival and toured the country sharing stories of love and courage. Anisa is also the co-founder of the arts collective Voices of Colour which creates spaces for migrant, refugee and first nations artists to share their work.


How to Spell Love is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through ACF BOOST.
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.