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Award winning stories about youth pack a punch in South Woodford

PUBLISHED: 15:13 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:13 02 May 2013

Bitch Boxer

Bitch Boxer

(c) Alex Brenner

Two unmissable, award-winning theatre shows in one will be gracing the South Woodford stage for one night only, following the stories of three young people who lead very different lives.

First presented as part of the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh season last year, the national tour is produced by new writing companies Scrawl and Snuff Box Theatre, in collaboration with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd.

Bitch Boxer is a revealing portrayal of Chloe, who is training for the fight of her life.

Charlotte Josephine, writer and performer of the play, pulled no punches in her research, training with Islington Boxing Club.

She said: “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.”

Sweaty, fuzzy-tongued and drenched in booze, Chapel Street, which is the first of the productions to be performed, brings you a night of carnage in the lives of Kirsty and Joe.

The story begins early on a Friday night as drinks are being consumed at a rapid rate and as Joe and Kirsty’s worlds collide, a tale unfolds which will change their lives forever.

The debut play from writer Luke Barnes is a bold and intimate portrayal of a disaffected generation, which carries a particular pertinence in the wake of the 2011 UK riots.

Shortcomings

Luke said: “Chapel Street was born out of wanting to explore the people in the world I grew up in, the problems they encounter and how they deal with them. It’s about their ambitions, their shortcomings and their secrets all woven into one night.”

Straight from sell-out runs at London’s Bush and Soho theatres, the two shows are touring the UK with some of the most celebrated new talent from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012.

•At the Lovegrove Theatre, Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford on Thursday, May 9, at 8pm.

To book call 020 8708 8803 or visit www.redbridgedramacentre.co.uk.

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