The Sweet Science of Bruising

Written by Joy Wilkinson | Directed By Julia Head

Image Design by Myles Marshall

Sweet Science of Bruising

This isn’t a proper match, Polly. Think of it more like a dance. You learn the steps, then talent and practice make it look natural.

I don’t want to be a dancer. I want to be a fighter.

London. 1869.

Pugilism, punch bags and… petticoats?

In the fierce underbelly of London’s boxing scene, surrounded by smoke, bowler-hats and bare-knuckle boys, four women controlled by men and constrained by corsets find an unexpected
freedom in the ropes of the boxing ring.

The Sweet Science of Bruising is Wilkinson’s bold exploration of suffrage and silence, of politics and power and of flight and fight. It invites you to consider what you’re willing to win, or lose.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Showing: 19/05/2022 - 21/05/2022

Adults £12 / Concessions £10

Days & Times:

Thursday 19 May: 7.30pm
Friday 20 May: 7.30pm
Saturday 21 May: 7.30pm

Tickets: Adults £12 / Concessions £10

Stalls Seating: Please note stalls seating for this production is unreserved. Immersive seating allocated on arrival, balcony seating is standard reserved seating.


Director: Julia Head

Associate Director: Krista Matthews

Movement & Fight Director: Maisie Carter

Set & Costume Designer: Cat Fuller

Lighting Designer: Joe Price

Sound Designer & Composer: Jack Orozco Morrison

Costume Supervisor: Jo Lewis

Costume Assistants: Tara Boland, Lucy Howarth, Immy Howarth & J Marshman (Student)

Production Manager: Lisa Hall

Stage Manager: Sophie Thompson-Gray

Deputy Stage Manager: James Lisk

Assistant Stage Manager: Kaylun Jones (Student)

Producers: Laura Knight & James Moore

Assistant Producer: James Creed

Workshop Assistant: Toby Mitchell


Ryan Crabbe

Rhiannon Donn

Alice Fennell

Ayla Gray

Emily Hale

Daniel Hancock

Ethan Henley

James Letts

Lucy Murfitt

George Newman

Jacob Pheasant

Daniel Sheppard

Hannah Weller

Tickets are available via the Theatre Royal Bath website here.

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