Tues 3rd to Sat 7th September. The Sweet Science of Bruising by Joy Wilkinson. -------------- 1869. The Angel, Islington.------------------- Below the smog-filled streets of London, a new and violent revolution is taking place. Four women - disparate in background but united by patriarchal abuse and oppression - find freedom within the four ropes of an underground boxing ring. Competing for the title of Lady Boxing Champion of the World, the women become the talk of the capital. Blow follows blow in lightning succession as the contenders fight each other and seek to re-define 'a woman's place' in male-dominated Victorian society. The quintessential stiff upper lip is turned bloody in this tale of pugilism, subversion and female empowerment. An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

  • Date: 07/09/2024 19:45 - 07/09/2024 22:00
  • Location Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK (Map)

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By Joy Wilkinson.

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…

This amateur production of The Sweet Science of Bruising is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.