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Wednesday 8 Saturday 11 December 2021

The Sweet Science of Bruising

By Joy Wilkinson
Directed by James Nickerson

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...


Professor Charlie Sharp Jack Elliot Rawstron
Dr Bell / Dr Foster / Referee John Smullen
Paul Stokes / Captain Danby Jonny Vernon
Violet Hunter Jess Perillo
Aunt George Claudia Whitby-Tillott
Emily / Nancy Ffion Eleri Evans
Anna Lamb Amelia Simpson
Matty Blackwell Elizabeth Meadows
Gabriel Lamb William Meek
Polly Stokes Mia Gibson

Designer: Lara Booth
Lighting: Douglas Kuhrt
Assistant Director & Fights: Kaitlin Howard