The Sweet Science of Bruising

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…

Based on historical research into 19th century women’s boxing, The Sweet Science of Bruising is a fascinating new play by Joy Wilkinson (Verity Bargate Award winner). Featuring an ensemble cast and thrilling up-close boxing matches, this is an epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism.

Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward (Chef – The Scotsman Fringe First Award winner) and produced by Troupe who return to Southwark Playhouse after their critically acclaimed productions of Dear Brutus and The Cardinal (The Telegraph Critics’ Choice), and Rasheeda Speaking at Trafalgar Studios, which was nominated for five Off West End Awards.

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Joy Wilkinson
Kirsty Patrick Ward
Tim Deiling
Max Perryment
Anna Reid

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest tube:
Elephant & Castle, Borough

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