‘Friends, have you ever seen a fight? If not, you have a pleasure to come…’
This winter marks the 200 year anniversary of William Hazlitt publishing his classic essay ‘The Fight’ – a rip roaring ride into the belly of Georgian bloodsport that inspired a genre of journalism and stands as one of the great pieces of prose writing. But what has changed?
In 1821 England had won a protracted conflict with Europe, but struggled to win the peace. The rich were getting richer and the poor still starved. Disease stalked the land whilst protest was suppressed, and everywhere; nationalism was on the rise. A population caught between the promises of politicians and the harsh reality of economics sought much needed escape in spectacle… sound familiar?
Blending boxing with Hazlitt’s wit; texts contemporary and classic, performance parkour, song, and the sweet science of defence – Prodigal set out to discover if – two centuries on – our sporting rivalries remain as tied to our national identities as ever.
‘Whatever Prodigal does is worth seeing.’ The Irish Independent
From Prodigal Theatre, the team behind the multi-award winning Tragedian Trilogy.
Supported by Arts Council, England, Hall for Cornwall & Creative Civic Change
Written by Alister O’Loughlin after William Hazlitt, Pierce Egan et al.
Direction & Dramaturgy by Miranda Henderson
Regency Pugilism training & additional choreography by Chris Chatfield
Performed by Elijah Holloway & Alister O’Loughlin
Age Recommendation: 14+