Please note all evening performances now start at 7:30pm
12 to 20 July 2024
In the Studio
The Sweet Science of Bruising
by Joy Wilkinson
directed by Gaby Bowring & Bryony Weaver
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1869. Islington, North London. Four very different women are drawn into the world of exhibition pugilism: Violet Hunter, a nurse with ambitions of becoming a doctor; Anna Lamb, an abused wife and mother for whom boxing is a way to fight back; Matilda ‘Matinee Matty’ Blackwell, who finds flashing her fists more satisfying than flashing her ankles when times are hard; and Polly Stokes, a hard-talking pit brow lass who dreams of becoming a prize fighter.
Each woman enters the ring under the instruction of ‘Professor’ Charlie Sharp, fighting each other and against the expectations of the men around them, in a battle for a better future. And, for the title of ‘Lady Boxing Champion of the World’.
An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books