The Sweet Science of Bruising
by 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). 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.
The Press on producer Troupe:
★★★★ ‘Highly recommended… fiercely intelligent.’ Alun Hood, WhatsOnStage on Rasheeda Speaking
★★★★ ‘A vigorous production that would look at home in Stratford-on-Avon.’ Michael Billington, The Guardian on The Cardinal
★★★★ ‘A riveting piece of theatre.’ Claire Allfree, The Telegraph on The Cardinal
★★★★ ‘An ebullient production of infectious energy.’ Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard on After October
Kirsty Patrick Ward
Fight and Movement Director
Alison de Burgh
Sound Designer and Composer