The play will have a limited run at the venue from the 25th to the 27th April.

(c)Kasia Burke

Inspired by British female boxers who fought for their right to fight, Libby Liburd’s play ‘Fighter’ combines theatre and live boxing to explore how both arts and sports can empower women and young people.

Single mum Lee is a fighter. She’s used to fighting the world, alone. No one’s in her corner, she’s down but not out – yet. Then she steps into Tommy’s Gym and everything changes: plunged into the world of boxing, Lee’s fight really begins. What happens when all you can do is grit your teeth and keep moving forward?

Directed by Julie Addy, the production examines ideas around overcoming adversity as well as celebrating women and their resourcefulness and courage.

Having performed in the ring herself, writer and performer Libby Liburd’s own experiences helped to develop this show and to challenge perceptions of masculinity and femininity.

The production will also feature young boxers selected from Fight for Peace’s Newham Academy. The young boxers will re-create an authentic boxing gym environment, where they will practice boxing training drills onstage.

Fighter is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It is produced with support from Stratford Circus Arts Centre and Fight for Peace. Additional funders are The Lake House Charitable Foundation and Arts Award Access Fund.

Fighter will play at the Stratford Circus Arts Centre from the 25th to the 27th April.