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Bitch Boxer drama at Sheringham explores a young woman’s fighting qualities

06:30 15 May 2014

Bitch Boxer - a sporting drama heading to the Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: ALEX BRENNER

Bitch Boxer - a sporting drama heading to the Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: ALEX BRENNER

(c) Alex Brenner

The fighting qualities - physical and emotional - of a young woman boxer step into the ring in an award-winning drama coming to Sheringham.

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Bitch Boxer drama Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture; ALEX BRENNERBitch Boxer drama Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture; ALEX BRENNER

Bitch Boxer follows 21-year-old Chloe Jackson from Leytonstone, East London, who is training for the fight of her life – a chance to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games.

With lights in her eyes and sweat on her face she is dealt an unexpected blow from outside of the ring. In a man’s world can she prove she’s worth the title?

An intensely physical performance from young Holly Augustine saw the piece win the 2013 Holden Street Theatres award and transfer to the Adelaide Fringe in 2014.

It is a personal piece for writer Charlotte Josephine, and is in equal parts an expression and exploration of what it means to be a woman.

It grew from feeling frustrated after somebody witnessed her lugging boxes at a coffee shop and remarked how “un-lady-like” it was.

Bitch Boxer explores the idea that Chloe can fight with strength both physical and emotional, be it for her dreams inside of the ring or to make sense of the world around it.

Josephine pulled no punches in her research, training extensively with Islington Boxing Club throughout the show’s development - to give it a critically acclaimed authenticity but now sees Josephine fully trained as an amateur boxer alongside her work as a writer and performer.

“I discovered a whole boxing community I knew nothing about, and they warmly welcomed me with a generosity and kindness that, I admit, I found surprising for such a violent sport. I fell in love with it. ”

The play won both the Soho Theatre Young Writer’s Award and Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Award in 2012 putting Snuff Box Theatre and Charlotte Josephine on the map as some of the fastest rising talent in the UK.

Bitch Boxer is at Sheringham Little Theatre on Monday May 19 at 7pm. Tickets £9, students £5, through the box office 01263 822347 or www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

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