A stunning spoken word theatre production from the award winning poet, Anisa Nandaula.

Navigating the intersection between relationship, identity, culture and place, award winning poet Anisa Nandaula joins forces with Pru Wilson (dance) and Benjamin Shannon (drums/percussion) to discover HOW TO SPELL LOVE.

Recognised for its critical social and political commentary, Anisa Nandaula's body of work as a writer 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, rhythm and a distinctive music soundtrack, unpacking the complex dynamics which underpin even the most simple moments.

‘(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

Venue Format
Technical Rating
B, C
Touring Party

Adult themes recommended 15+ Technical requirements include vertically mounted projector above stage. Projector provided by production, venue to provide rigging staff. Tarkett or sprung floor required.

Writers Republic is an arts production company based on the Sunshine Coast QLD. Its dedicated poetry arm, the Bunker Spoken Word, specialises in the development and presentation of poetry and spoken word theatre.

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Unique Selling Point

How to Spell Love is a visually and emotionally powerful production at the forefront of contemporary culture. With its roots firmly planted in slam poetry and jazz improvisation, the work explores the creative potential of spoken word theatre as a genre incorporating contemporary dance, live percussion and an ambient electronic music score to reinforce the poetic storytelling.

This work belongs on our stages at this transformative time as Australian society continues to wrestle with its complex identity and history as a colonised nation.

Marketing Materials

Press release and performer bios Live and Production images High quality video trailer and social media clips Curriculum aligned, spoken word teaching resources grades 8-12 available

Community Engagement

Anisa Nandaula is a highly experienced workshop facilitator who's workshops are designed to democratise literature and performing arts. Particularly relevant for culturally and linguistically diverse groups of young people, these spoken word workshops are offered to community groups and schools to accompany live performances of How to Spell Love.