We're excited to announce the full cast for Joy Wilkinson's The Sweet Science of Bruising
, at Wilton's 5 – 29 June.
1869. Deep in the heart of Victorian London is a theatre where only the strongest survive. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, four very different women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing, but only one can become the Lady Boxing Champion of the World...Kirsty Patrick Ward
directs Owen Brenman
, Ashley Cook
, Celeste Dodwell
, Jane How
, Alice Kerrigan
, Tom Lorcan
, Emma McDonald
, Jessica Regan
, Wilf Scolding
and Fiona Skinner
in Joy Wilkinson
's thrilling play about Victorian Lady Boxers, featuring electrifying live boxing matches, fresh from a sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse!
Cast & Creative Biographies
Owen Brenman plays Professor Charlie Sharp. His theatre credits include Whipping It Up, Butterflies are Free (UK tours), The Pocket Dream (York Theatre Royal), Dead Funny, The Winslow Boy, The Trial of Lady Chatterley, The Comedy of Errors (Nottingham Playhouse), Ugly Rumours (Tricycle Theatre), Good Copy (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Ghost Train (Lyric Hammersmith), An Evening with Gary Lineker (Duchess Theatre), Shakespeare / Shaw (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Simple Simon (Stephen Joseph Theatre). His television credits include as series regular Dr. Heston Carter in Doctors, Love Soup, Oscar Charlie, Fat Friends, One Foot in the Grave, People Like Us, Drop the Dead Donkey, In Exile, Underworld, Sharpe’s Waterloo, Dangerfield, Mr. Bean, Perfect Scoundrels, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff, The Upper Hand, Dunrulin, Birds of a Feather and Jeeves and Wooster; and for film, One of the Hollywood Ten and The Martins.
Ashley Cook returns to play Doctor James Bell. His theatre credits include The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), Flowering Cherry, F***ing Men (Finborough Theatre), Absent Friends, The Importance of Being Earnest (UK tours), The White Carnation (Finborough Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre), The Art of Concealment, How to Cook a Country (Riverside Studios), The Mousetrap (St. Martin’s Theatre), A Doll’s House, The Importance of Being Earnest (New Theatre Royal Lincoln), The Bootmaker’s Daughter (Brighton Festival), Stonewall (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/The Drill Hall), Romeo and Juliet (Derby Playhouse), Love and Understanding (Battersea Arts Centre) and King Lear (The Old Vic/UK tour). His television credits include Patrick Hamilton: Words, Whisky and Women; and for film, Llar and A Mind of Her Own.
Celeste Dodwell plays Violet Hunter. Her theatre credits include An Octoroon (Orange Tree Theatre/National Theatre), Hay Fever (Theatre Royal Bath/Australian tour/Duke of York’s Theatre), Testament, People Who Need People (VAULT Festival), In Other Words (The Hope Theatre), As You Like It (Cleveland Street Theatre, Sydney), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney), Three Sisters (ATYP Studio, Sydney) and The Crucible (Sydney Theatre Company). Her television credits include Endeavour, Urban Myths, Call the Midwife, The Musketeers, Home and Away and Double Trouble; and for film, Allied and Careless Love.
Jane How plays Aunt George. Her theatre credits include Her Naked Skin, Separate Tables (Salisbury Playhouse), Half a Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre/Noël Coward Theatre), Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Ring of Truth (Orange Tree Theatre), Home and Beauty (Lyric Theatre), High Society, Hay Fever, California Suite (Sheffield Theatres), The Breadwinner, Gaslight (UK tours), Getting Married, Cavalcade, Oh Kay (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Apollo Theatre), Easy Virtue (Garrick Theatre), The Return of A. J. Raffles (RSC) and Top People (Ambassadors Theatre). Her television credits include as series regular Jan Hammond in EastEnders, X Company, Starlings, Love & Marriage, Compulsion, Don’t Wait Up, A.D., The Spoils of War, The Foundation, Doctor Who and A Little Princess; and for film, Mr Jones, Je suis daddy, Mother’s Milk, 1st Night, Beyond the Pole, Miss Potter, Rabbit Fever, The Best Man, A Good Woman and AKA.
Alice Kerrigan returns to play Emily. Her theatre credits include Boomerang (White Bear Theatre/King’s Head Theatre), Jumping the Shark (White Bear Theatre), The Forest (Arcola Theatre) and Julius Caesar (Bristol Old Vic); and for television, Vanity Fair.
Tom Lorcan plays Paul Stokes. His theatre credits include Beryl (East Riding Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Richard III (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre), Julius Caesar, Dido Queen of Carthage, Titus Andronicus (RSC), The Damned United (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Oh What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East), One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Peter and Andy (Theatre503), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Savoy Theatre) and Blood Brothers (UK tour). His television credits include Bliss, Drifters, Suspicion, War & Peace, Waterloo Road, Day of the Match Aka Halftime and Dalziel and Pascoe; and for film, Between Two Worlds, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Little Pieces and The Days Inbetween.
Emma McDonald plays Anna Lamb. Her theatre credits include Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Picture of Dorian Gray (The Watermill Theatre), Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (The Watermill Theatre/European tours), Much Ado About Nothing (Iris Theatre) and Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres).
Jessica Regan returns to play Matilda ‘Matty’ Blackwell. Her theatre credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bristol Old Vic/Wyndham’s Theatre/Brooklyn Academy of Music/Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts), Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Liolà, The Cherry Orchard, The Kitchen, Blood and Gifts (National Theatre), Coalition (Pleasance, London/Edinburgh Festival Fringe), All That Fall (Jermyn Street Theatre/59E59 Theaters), Stars in the Morning Sky (Belgrade Theatre), The Flags (Liverpool’s Royal Court), and The Yellow Wallpaper, Striking Distance (Granary Theatre). Her television credits include as series regular Dr. Niamh Donoghue in Doctors, Nowhere Fast, Halloween Comedy Shorts: It Should Have Been Me, Ill Behaviour, Execution, No Signal and Ladies and Gentlemen.
Wilf Scolding plays Gabriel Lamb. His theatre credits include The Madness of George III (Nottingham Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bath), The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), The Win Bin (Old Red Lion Theatre), Arcadia (UK tour) and Strange Interlude (National Theatre). His television credits include Mrs Wilson, Game of Thrones, Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, The Passing Bells, Borgia and Skins; and for film, Bees Make Honey; and for radio, as series regular Christopher Carter in The Archers.
Fiona Skinner returns to play Polly Stokes. Her theatre credits include The Dark Room, My Imaginary Friend Patrick Stewart (Theatre503), The Full Monty (UK tour), Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse), Old Vic New Voices: The 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic), Brave New Worlds (Soho Theatre), ‘Ave It (The Old Vic Tunnels) and People Like Us (Vineyard Theatre, New York). Her television credits include Endeavour, Taboo and Our Girl; and for film, Official Secrets and A Royal Night Out.
Joy Wilkinson is an award-winning writer working across theatre, film, television and radio. Her stage plays have been widely produced in the UK and internationally, and she has won prizes including Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award and the International Student Playscript Competition. Her plays include Fair (Finborough Theatre/Trafalgar Studios/UK tour), Now is the Time (part of the Tricycle Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated ‘Afghanistan’ season which toured the USA and was revived in 2017 by Teatro Elfo Puccini, Milan), Acting Leader (‘Women Power and Politics’ season, Tricycle Theatre) and Britain’s Best Recruiting Sergeant (Unicorn Theatre). She has been awarded two attachments at the National Theatre Studio and is published by Oberon Books and Nick Hern Books. For television, Wilkinson was a graduate of the first BBC Drama Writers Academy, and her screen credits include writing on the most recent series of Doctor Who, as well as Casualty, Holby City, Doctors and Land Girls. In addition, she wrote Nick Nickleby, a critically-acclaimed five-part modernisation of Nicholas Nickleby for BBC1. Wilkinson’s extensive work for BBC Radio 4 includes numerous adaptations and original plays.
Kirsty Patrick Ward
directs. Her theatre credits include the forthcoming production of Groan Ups (Vaudeville Theatre), Exactly Like You (VAULT Festival Spirit Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe/The Vaults), Chef (Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre), I’m Not That Kind of Guy (The Vaults and Paines Plough), Mary Louise (The Vaults), Evita (MT4Uth, Belfast), People Like Us (Pleasance, London), Snow White (UK tour for The Old Vic), A Writer’s Response to ‘Chavs’ by Owen Jones (Lyric Hammersmith), Present Tense (Live Theatre), Brave New Worlds (Soho Theatre), Life Support (York Theatre Royal) and Old Vic New Voices: The 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic). Work as Associate Director includes The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre/UK tour), Brideshead Revisited (York Theatre Royal/UK tour) and Young Pretender (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/UK tour). Work as Assistant Director includes Othello and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), Our New Girl (Bush Theatre) and Bunny which won a Scotsman Fringe First Award (nabokov/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/UK tour).
Kate Waters directs the fights. Her theatre credits include Venice Preserved, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Love’s Sacrifice, Doctor Faustus (RSC), Small Island, Othello, As You Like It, Our Country’s Good, The Comedy of Errors, Frankenstein, Season’s Greetings, Hamlet (National Theatre), Sweat (Donmar Warehouse), TINA – The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre/Stage Operettenhaus), Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel (ENO), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre/Gielgud Theatre), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket/Music Box Theatre/World tour), War Horse (National Theatre/New London Theatre), Young Marx, Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar, Lord of the Flies (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Nöel Coward Theatre), King Lear (Duke of York’s Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate (Sheffield Theatres), The Convert (The Young Vic),The Maids, Macbeth, Richard III, East Is East, The Pride (Trafalgar Studios), Liberian Girl (Royal Court Theatre), Julius Caesar, Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse/St. Ann’s Warehouse) and The Duchess of Malfi, Sweet Bird of Youth (The Old Vic).
Anna Reid designs. Her theatre credits include Cash Cow, Paradise, The Hoes (Hampstead Theatre), Our Country’s Good, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Mary’s Babies, Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre), Soft Animals, Fabric, Fury, Brute (Soho Theatre), Twelfth Night, Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties, Dear Brutus, The Cardinal, School Play (Southwark Playhouse), The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, Fierce (Camden People’s Theatre), Dust (Trafalgar Studios/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre), Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), Drip Feed (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre/Project Arts Centre), Schism (Park Theatre), Grotty (The Bunker), The Kitchen Sink, Jumpers for Goalposts (Oldham Coliseum Theatre), Sex Worker’s Opera (UK tour), Tiny Dynamite (Old Red Lion Theatre), Rattle Snake (Live Theatre/York Theatre Royal/Soho Theatre), I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Finborough Theatre), Epic Love and Pop Songs (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Pleasance, London), Empty Beds (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Arcola Theatre), For Those Who Cry When They Hear The Foxes Scream (Tristan Bates Theatre), Arthur's World (Bush Theatre), Hippolytos (Victoria and Albert Museum) and Hamlet (Riverside Studios).
Max Perryment designs the sound and composes the music. His theatre credits include Shipwreck, Reimagining Uncle Vanya (Almeida Theatre), The Convert, Creditors, The Remarkable Case of K, The Surplus, Basecamp (The Young Vic), A Guide for the Homesick, Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), Dust (Trafalgar Studios/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre), Dear Brutus, Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse),The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Park Theatre), Utility, Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre), Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Gate Theatre), Start Swimming (The Young Vic/Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Replay (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre/59E59 Theaters), Goodbear (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults), Landmines (The BRIT School/Ovalhouse/Otherplace), Nest (Brighton Fringe/UK tour), Muted (The Bunker), Blood and Water (Kestrel Theatre Company/HMP Springhill/Royal Court Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Skin of the Teeth (The Vaults/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Ophelia Theater), Four Play, Clickbait, Sense of an Ending (Theatre503) and And Then Come the Nightjars (Theatre503/Bristol Old Vic/UK tour).
Peter Harrison designs the lighting. His theatre credits include Macbeth (Proteus Theatre Company), Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland (Marlowe Theatre/UK tour), The Canterville Ghost, Alfie White: Space Explorer, Wilde Creatures (Tall Stories), Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), Macbeth (Stafford Festival Shakespeare/Stafford Castle), Child of the Divide (Polka Theatre/UK tour/Harbourfront Centre), One Hand Tied Behind Us (The Old Vic), Dear Brutus, The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic/ Bush Theatre), Britten in Brooklyn (Wilton’s Music Hall), Flowering Cherry (Finborough Theatre), The White Carnation (Finborough Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre), Marsha: A Girl Who Does Bad Things (Arcola Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Ludlow Festival), Jerry’s Girls (St. James Theatre), Orestes (Shared Experience) and Once We Were Mothers (Orange Tree Theatre). His opera and dance credits include Opera Works (ENO), In-Nocentes, Home Turf (Sadler’s Wells) and Jean und Antonìn (Gärtnerplatztheater). Work as Associate Lighting Designer includes Betrayal (Harold Pinter Theatre), As You Like It, Collaborators (National Theatre), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium) and The Commitments (Palace Theatre).
Natasha Harrison directs the movement. Her theatre credits include Tumulus (Soho Theatre), Handbagged (Salisbury Playhouse/Oldham Coliseum Theatre/York Theatre Royal), Not Such Quiet Girls (Opera North/Leeds Playhouse), Moll Flanders (Mercury Theatre), Julius Caesar (RSC), Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (CAST), Wasted, Dear Brutus, The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), Building the Wall (Park Theatre), Zoetrope, Ode to Leeds, Blackthorn, Into the Woods (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Twist (Theatre Centre), Frankenstein (BAC), Yokes Night (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Crucible (Royal and Derngate Theatres), Me, Myself and Wye (Ovalhouse), Sacha Guitry: Ma Fille et Moi (Drayton Arms), Tiny Dynamite (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Webber Douglas Studio, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), Sleepless Long Nights (Tempered Body Youth Dance Theatre) and Breadline (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House). Her opera credits include The Rake’s Progress (British Youth Opera) and The Lighthouse, The Locked Room, Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Une Éducation Manquée (Royal College of Music).