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+
A delightfully raucous tale of women making their mark in prize fighting London
Wilkinson’s knockout writing explores a multitude of themes while retaining a sense of gripping theatre
No knockout but a narrow win
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
Certainly a fist-punching story that's well worth a watch, but sadly not the knock-out it could be