'When that bell rings, your life is entirely in your hands.'

1869. Deep in the heart of Victorian London is a theatre where only the strongest survive. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, four very different women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing; each finds an unexpected freedom in the ring. As their lives begin to intertwine their journey takes us from grand drawing rooms to rowdy backstreet 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…

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.

Cast

OWEN BRENMAN – Professor Charlie Sharp

CELESTE DODWELL – Violet Hunter

JESSICA REGAN – Matilda 'Matty' Blackwell 

EMMA MCDONALD – Anna Lamb

FIONA SKINNER – Polly Stokes

JANE HOW – Aunt George

ALICE KERRIGAN – Emily

WILF SCOLDING – Gabriel Lamb

TOM LORCAN – Paul Stokes 

ASHLEY COOK – Doctor James Bell

 

Creative Team

JOY WILKINSON – Playwright 

KIRSTY PATRICK WARD – Director 

KATE WATERS – Fight Director

ANNA REID – Designer

MAX PERRYMENT – Sound Designer and Composer 

PETER HARRISON – Lighting Designer
 NATASHA HARRISON – Movement Director

The Venue

Wilton’s Music Hall

Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London, United Kingdom, E1 8JB

Running Time

2hr 30min (inc. 20min interval)

Booking Dates

First Performance

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Last Performance

Saturday 29th June 2019

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