The year is 1869. Four very different Victorian (Victorian as in UK during Queen Victoria’s reign) women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing by the eccentric Professor Charlie Sharp. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each one finds an unexpected freedom in the boxing ring.
As their lives begin to intertwine, their journey takes us through drawing rooms, back allies, bustling theatres and strange halls 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.
The Sweet Science of Bruising is an epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism set against the backdrop of Victorian London.
Professor Charlie Sharp – Gregg Jacobson
Polly Stokes – Buckley Weirman
Matty Blackwell – Louise Anderson-Clemence
Violet Hunter – Kaitlen Adams
Anna Lamb – Felicity Huston
Directed by Ken Cotterill
Opens Friday 20th August 2021