Prize Fighter is a play that rips into your chest and makes you feel fear you didn’t know existed. A powerful play that tells the story of Congolese refugee, Isa, his story is one that drifts between the ‘fighting’ or boxing of his present-day existence in Brisbane and flashbacks to his last moments with his family in Congo. Discussing the brutal occurrences that led to him becoming a child soldier, this shows the long-term effects and traumatised nature that people often have, all wrapped up in a ring-side, pulsating stage.

Filed with real gritty characters, based on true-life events, the heart thumping music, and adrenaline-filled ringside actions, all play second to the authentic and incredibly tender performance delivered by the actors. The play is brutally violent in its depictions and content but is luckily broken up between the action of boxing and the great performances delivered by all actors. Highlighting the damaged internal life of Isa, and his attempt for a National Boxing title, he shows in the play how we must all find a way of fighting our demons, be it in our heads or life in general.

Not a play with the faint-hearted or those averse to strong content, this play shows how your mind-set has everything to do with your success, it shows how strength and empathy make us better people, and why we should always offer compassion and shelter to refugees in Australia.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Dates: 9 –14 October, and 16 – 20 October

Time: Tuesday – Saturday; 8pm, Sunday; 6pm

Duration: 70mins

Location: Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, Main Hall

Tickets: Full $38, Concession/Student $33, Preview $25

Contact: (03) 9481 9500

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