Get ringside in the Drama Theatre for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill of live boxing.
Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s next Deakin University Theatre Season production is the powerful Prize Fighter, written and performed by Congolese refugee Future D Fidel.
Presented by Brisbane’s La Boite theatre company with the Brisbane Festival, the Helpmann-nominated Prize Fighter is knock-out theatre in every sense.
Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and those of the people he has known.
In this inventive and physical production, the theatre becomes a boxing ring.
Isa is a young Congolese boxer blazing an impressive career between the ropes. Gearing up for the national title fight, he soon discovers it is not just his opponents he has to outdo, but the demons from his tortuous past as a boy soldier.
“The results of war in Congo created hundreds of child soldiers… Prize Fighter is a mythical story inspired by personal experiences of these wars that resonates around trauma from family loss and motivations from the Congo,” explains Fidel.
The reason of the story is not to give you statistics but to outline the reality of what is not being shown, through the power of boxing. Defeating your opponent needs strategies but defeating your memories requires more than just that. Regardless of who or what your opponent is, everyone is a Prize Fighter.”
Prize Fighter opens in the Drama Theatre on Wednesday 3rd October for five performances. Tickets are $58 or less, book at Box Office on 5225 1200 or gpac.org.au