We’ve come across some exciting parallels with Chaucer’s tale during the process of devising our boxing club based drama, in which a diverse group of travellers journey towards a common goal discussing how their lives overlap and differ. Chaucer uses the tales and its characters to paint an amusing and informative portrait of English society at the time. And everyone isn’t travelling for the same reasons.
Journeymen - and women
After having discovered Ludlow Amateur Boxing Club via the pages of The Ludlow Ledger, we decided we’d like to introduce people to the building itself. A purpose built gym, funded and maintained by the community, aided by generous donations from far and wide. Driven forward by the passion of the people involved. Everything about the club is inclusive from its history to its current membership. It’s very Ludlow!
Our Canterbury pilgrims are the people we’ve interviewed for the project; club members and boxers of all ages, coaches to caretakers, community councillors and local MPs. Their stories provide the backbone to the production, providing some perspective into amateur boxing’s wider role in society, its health benefits and problems, the misconceptions and myths: it’s more about not hitting people for one thing!
Prince Harry described last year how boxing helped him when struggling with his own mental health:
“Everyone was saying boxing is good for you and it’s a really good way of letting out aggression. And that really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone.”
Become pilgrims yourselves and journey up to the Boxing Club - just at the top of Livesey Road in the corner of the recreation field - and enjoy the story!
Boxing Club Rules - audience reaction
20 January 2019
Boxing Club Rules: an idiosycratic take on The Canterbury Tales?
09 November 2018
Boxing and theatre - a beautiful match
25 September 2018
Play reading is over
18 September 2018
Having a ball with Cinderella
19 December 2017