Our new play about the value and role of boxing clubs in their communities based on Ludlow Amateur Boxing Club
In November 2018 we devised and launched Boxing Club Rules from interviews with Ludlow Amateur Boxing Club members and coaches.
It was a great success and we are planning to tour the production to other boxing clubs in the West Midlands and further afield.
Further details will follow as we organise funding and dates. Make sure you have signed up to our mailing list or joined our Facebook or Twitter pages for updates.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
About the production
Boxing Club Rules is performed inside boxing clubs. The action take place all around the space - bags, the equipment and in the ring. It brings together acting, music, dance and real boxing moves into an exciting, moving, funny, dramatic and inspirational production.
It makes the audience realise how much more there is to boxing and boxing clubs - from the health, fitness and exercise to the social and community benefits. The play celebrates the characters involved in boxing clubs and the role they play in their communities, without being afraid to address some of the concerns and issues about the sport.
As the audience enter and settle they get a sense of the boxing club in action with club members skipping, shadow boxing, bag punching and sparring. They can witness the focus, skill and dedication of boxing training.
When the play begins our actors embody the characters involved in the club and tell their stories through monologues, scenes, poetry, dance, movement and combat.
“I loved it; such a totally different concept to anything I’ve seen before. It was brilliant. Takes me back a bit myself, being an amateur boxer years ago. It was so good and so true to life some of the stories, so similar to my boxing club.”
Writer/ Deviser/ Director
Boxing/ Fight Director
Lighting and Sound
Wild Edric Media
Nick Fogg & Mike Smart
Marketing and PR
Liz Hyder PR
Jack James lives in Stourport on Severn and has trained in kickboxing and MMA – he can already do the moves. His acting training was at Northampton University School of Acting and he has wide experience from Shakespearean roles to Pornography (the play by Simon Stephens!).
He said: "Walking into Ludlow boxing club for the first time is inspiring. It is an amazing venue and I am really looking forward to performing and boxing for an audience!"
Anya Collyer is really local – from Orleton. She works as a lifeguard at Ludlow Leisure Centre and is very sporty. She trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has worked for both Pentabus and for Rooftop in The Country Wife at Ludlow Brewery – as the country wife. She is now working on her jabs, crosses, hooks and uppercuts at Ludlow Amateur Boxing Club ready for the performances.
She said: "This production is a brilliant idea and I leapt at the opportunity to be in it. I train in the gym a lot but going down to the boxing club the exercises and discipline are so different and inspiring."
Skye Witney lives in Worcester and has recently graduated with Distinction from the postgraduate acting course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has worked with Rooftop before in Hamlet at Ludlow Brewery in 2016. She is a versatile and engaging actor who can master both the language and the characters of anything from Restoration comedy to modern grunge.
She said: "I have been waiting a few years to work with Rooftop again – and now I get a chance to do some boxing stuff!"