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5 June to 29 June 2019


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 – The 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 (The Telegraph Critics’ Choice), and Rasheeda Speaking at Trafalgar Studios, which was nominated for five Off West End Awards.

Creative Team
Kirsty Patrick Ward

Fight and Movement Director
Alison de Burgh

Anna Reid

Lighting Designer
Tim Deiling

Sound Designer and Composer
Max Perryment

Assistant Director
Jackie Fisher


Fresh from a sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse, Joy Wilkinson (current writer for Doctor Who) brings to life this little-known but important part of the City’s history. Featuring an ensemble cast and thrilling live boxing matches, The Sweet Science of Bruising is staged in the electrifying atmosphere of the world’s oldest grand music hall located in London’s East End, Wilton’s Music Hall.

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