Passion, politics & pugilism. The Sweet Science of Bruising in opening bout at Southwark Playhouse

Place your bets, gents, and raise your glasses for the Lady Boxing Champion of the World.

Joy Wilkinson’s boxing drama, The Sweet Science of Bruising, makes its debut in the ring at Southwark Playhouse, London, this October.

Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, this is an epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism features an ensemble cast, thrilling up-close boxing matches and is based on historical research into 19th century women’s boxing.

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…

Joy Wilkinson is an award-winning writer working across theatre, film, television and radio.

Her stage plays have been widely produced in the UK and internationally, and she has won prizes including Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award and the International Student Playscript Competition.

For television, Wilkinson was a graduate of the first BBC Drama Writers Academy, and her screen credits include Casualty, Holby City, Doctors and Land Girls.

She also wrote Nick Nickleby, a critically-acclaimed five-part modernisation of Nicholas Nickleby for BBC1.

Troupe Theatre Company’s’s production of The Sweet Science of Bruising runs at the Southwark Playhouse from October 3 – 27.

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