Inside the Rehearsals of…The Sweet Science of Bruising, Southwark Playhouse

Rehearsal images have been released for Kirsty Patrick Ward’s production of Joy Wilkinson’s  The Sweet  Science of Bruising. Here’s a glimpse of what has been happening…

(c)Mitzide Margary. 

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…

(c) Mitzide Margery. 

Based on historical research into 19th century women’s boxing, Joy Wilkinson’s (Verity Bargate Award winner and new series writer for Doctor Who) new play tells a story filled with passion, politics and pugilism.

The production is directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward (Chef – The Scotsman Fringe First Award winner) and is produced by Troupe who return to Southwark Playhouse after their  productions of Dear Brutus and The Cardinal and Rasheeda Speaking at Trafalgar Studios.

(c)Mitzide Margery.

The cast for the production includes: Bruce Alexander,James Baxter
Sophie Bleasdale, Joe Coen, Ashley Cook , Caroline Harker, Kemi-Bo Jacobs,
Alice Kerrigan, Jessica Regan and Fiona Skinner.

Meanwhile, the creative team behind the production features fight and movement direction by Alison de Burgh, designs by Anna Reid, lighting design by  Tim Deiling and sound design by Max Perryment.

The Sweet Science of Bruising will play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 3rd October. For more information visit:

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