The Sweet Science of Bruising

The Sweet Science of Bruising

Wilton's Music Hall · 05 JUN - 29 JUN

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

Lyn Gardner avatar
11 June 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“An intelligent drama with spirited performances from all the cast. It's sometimes sometimes be a little earnest but it's a rousing telling of the little-known phenomenon of female pugilism in the Victorian era”

Overview

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.

Age Recommendation: 12+

Critic reviews

A delightfully raucous tale of women making their mark in prize fighting London

Everything Theatre

Wilkinson’s knockout writing explores a multitude of themes while retaining a sense of gripping theatre

Theatre Weekly

No knockout but a narrow win

Evening Standard

An intelligent drama with spirited performances from all the cast. It's sometimes sometimes be a little earnest but it's a rousing telling of the little-known phenomenon of female pugilism in the Victorian era

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Certainly a fist-punching story that's well worth a watch, but sadly not the knock-out it could be

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Date & time

Show ended
Wed 5 Jun - Sat 29 Jun, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 30 mins

Venue

Wilton's Music Hall
Graces Alley E1 8JB London, UK · Get Directions

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