The Sweet Science of Bruising


DATE:
5th June – 29th June 2019 (Wilton’s)
3rd October – 27th October 2018 (Southwark)

VENUE:
Wilton’s Music Hall
Southwark Playhouse

SERVICES PROVIDED:
Production Management

PRODUCTION MANAGER:
Ian Taylor

WRITER:
Joy Wilkinson

DIRECTOR:
Kirsty Patrick Ward

DESIGNER:
Anna Reid

LIGHTING DESIGNER:
Peter Harrison (Wilton’s)
Tim Deiling (Southwark)

SOUND DESIGNER:
Max Perryment

“Place your bets, gents, and raise your glasses for the Lady Boxing Champion of the World.”

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). 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.