“The Sweet Science of Bruising offers an impactful, emotionally powerful, and thematically resonant production. With impressively strong performances by its four leads and the supporting cast, this is a show that, with a few more technical tweaks, can really offer a K.O” Theatre Thoughts
“Under the direction of Fisher, there is no weak link in the cast.”
– Theatre Thoughts
“Seriously good across the board – writing, acting, staging, costumes, set, use (sometimes non-use) of sounds – even small details and characters have been carefully nourished.” Chuck Moore Reviews
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. A place where their lives, decisions, futures are in their own hands for the first time.
They may each get in the ring in pursuit of the title of Lady Boxing Champion of the World but what each stands to gain from every bout far exceeds any title. The women punch for recognition, they jab for education, they spar for a future, they fight for survival.
Joy Wilkinson’s play The Sweet Science of Bruising is an epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism. This production marks the show’s Australian premiere.
Michelle plays the role of Aunt George.
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