The famous ‘watersplash final’ of 1968 was one of the many moments from Rugby League folklore that inspired Balbir Singh to create Full Contact. Yet for every well-loved story from the sport’s picturesque history, there is a treasure of trove of local tales that have yet to see the light of day.
Full Contact was originally commissioned by Leeds Inspired to celebrate the Rugby League World Cup 2013. To create the piece, choreographer Balbir Singh worked closely with members of the Rugby League and the wider local community, exploring the rich and often little known history that helped make the game – and the Rugby League community – what they are today.
Full Contact’s life affirming tales of communities pulling together and of the eccentric characters that live on in Rugby League’s collective memory, have a universal appeal for all audiences. Interwoven with live music, dance and visual evocations of the games, the storyteller recounts some of the game’s most memorable moments: