As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Saturday 6 October 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock returns to Southwark Playhouse for the world premiere of Victorian female boxing drama The Sweet Science of Bruising. Got any questions?
After The Cardinal, Dear Brutus and Rasheeda Speaking, I’m delighted to reunite with Troupe for the company’s latest, a major world premiere play, years in the making by London writer Joy Wilkinson.
“When that bell rings, your life is entirely in your hands.”
London, 1869. Four very different Victorian women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Sharp. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each finds an unexpected freedom in the boxing ring. As their lives begin to intertwine their journey takes us through grand drawing rooms, bustling theatres and rowdy Southwark pubs where the women fight inequality as well as each other. But with the final showdown approaching only one can become the Lady Boxing Champion of the World…
Based on historical research into 19th-century women’s boxing, The Sweet Science of Bruising is a fascinating new play by Joy Wilkinson (Verity Bargate Award winner and new series writer for Doctor Who). Featuring an ensemble cast and thrilling up-close boxing matches, this is an epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism.
Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward (Chef, Scotsman Fringe First Award winner) and produced by Troupe, who return to Southwark Playhouse after their critically acclaimed productions of Dear Brutus and The Cardinal, and Rasheeda Speaking at Trafalgar Studios, which was nominated for five Off West End Awards.
The ten-strong cast for the premiere production are: Caroline Harker, Bruce Alexander, Sophie Bleasdale, Joe Coen, Ashley Cook, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Alice Kerrigan, Jessica Regan and Fiona Skinner.
Following the 3.30pm Saturday matinee performance of The Sweet Science of Bruising on Saturday 6 October 2018, I’ll be joined by author Joy Wilkinson and director Kirsty Patrick Ward.
The Sweet Science of Bruising runs 3 to 27 October 2018 at Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD. Performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 8pm, with Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £20 (concessions £16). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!