With a winning combination of heavyweight storytelling and punchy performances, The Sweet Science of Bruising gives a ringside seat not only to the true story of women boxers in the Victorian times but also the era’s fight for female emancipation.
Victorian female pugilism drama: thoroughly heartfelt, highly original, very theatrical and completely timely
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These rehearsal photos are a knockout! Step into the Victorian boxing ring with the female challengers in the world premiere of Joy Wilkinson’s The Sweet Science of Bruising, coming to London’s Southwark Playhouse next month care of Troupe. Time to get booking!
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?
What is really clever about this play is how it manages to layer up the separate plots and points in time. There is one set (a cheap-looking motel room with a small bathroom and cupboard) and all the action takes place there, with many of the characters occupying the same space at the same time.
Appealing: Cheeky and rollicking, the touring production of The Full Monty also has its share of pathos and politics, and is a satisfying affair.