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Royal Court Theatre: «Sucker Punch»

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«Sucker Punch». Το καινούργιο έργο του Ρόι Ουίλιαμς είναι χρονολογικά τοποθετημένο στα μέσα της δεκαετίας του ’80, όταν οι φυλετικές εντάσεις είχαν κορυφωθεί σε ανοιχτό πόλεμο ανάμεσα στην αστυνομία και τη μαύρη κοινότητα στο Τότεναμ, στο βόρειο Λονδίνο. Κεντρικοί ήρωες είναι δύο νεαροί μαύροι πυγμάχοι, ο Λέον, που πιστεύει ότι μπορεί άνετα να αφομοιωθεί, και ο Τρόι, που θεωρεί τον φίλο του αφελή και τον αποκαλεί «πόρνη των λευκών». Ο συγγραφέας περιγράφει εύστοχα την εποχή, τις ελπίδες των μαύρων νεαρών που ελπίζουν να βγουν από το γκέτο μέσω της επίδοσής τους στο ποδόσφαιρο και στο μποξ, και που αντιμετωπίζουν τον καλυμμένο ρατσισμό της αγγλικής κοινωνίας. Πρωταγωνιστούν ο Ντάνιελ Καλούγια (Λέον) και ο Αντονι Γουέλς (Τρόι). Εως τις 24 Ιουλίου.

JERWOOD THEATRE DOWNSTAIRS
The Royal Court Theatre presents…
Sucker Punch
Written by Roy Williams
11 Jun – 24 Jul
Ticket Availability

  • Assisted Performances – the Captioned Performance takes place on Tuesday 20 July at 7.30 pm and the Audio-Described Performance takes place on Saturday 24 July at 3 pm.
  • Please note that the Post-Show Talk, originally advertised as taking place after the performance on 15 July, will now take place on Tues 29 June.
  • If you have difficulty booking online or have any particular access requirements then please call 0207 565 5000 or click here to e-mail the box office.

“Right, you know the rules, watch the low blows, if it’s a knock down, no messing about, go straight to your corner, and don’t come out till called for, are we clear? Touch gloves, let’s go.”

In the red corner: Leon Davidson – Black British champ or Uncle Tom?
In the blue corner: Troy Augustus – American powerhouse or naïve cash cow?

Two former friends step into the ring and face up to who they are.

Sucker Punch looks back on what it was like to be young and Black in the 80s and asks if the right battles have been fought, let alone won.

Sucker Punch

Roy Williams’ early work at the Royal Court was supported by Jerwood New Playwrights, in partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. His previous plays at the theatre include Lift Off and Clubland in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs and Fallout in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, which was later made into a film for Channel 4. Recent credits elsewhere include Category B, part of the Not Black and White season at the Tricycle and Joe Guy for Tiata Fahodzi at Soho Theatre.

Age guidance 14+

Running time 1hr 30mins approx


Director Sacha Wares
Designer Miriam Buether
Lighting Peter Mumford
Sound
Gareth Fry
Choreographer Leon Baugh
Boxing Trainer Errol Christie

Cast includes Gary Beadle, Daniel Kaluuya, Trevor Laird, Nigel Lindsay, Jason Maza, Sarah Ridgeway and Anthony Welsh.

The Jerwood Theatre Downstairs will be reconfigured for this production.

Click here for detailed information and seating plans.

Production Trailer

Click here to read writer Roy Williams’ Guardian interview on what made him the writer he is today.

Click here to read designer Miriam Buethers’ interview on the transformation of the auditorium.
Click here to read boxing trainer Errol Christie’s interview on training the actors and his life as a boxer.

Click here to see the Newsnight piece examining the 1980s, the period Sucker Punch is set.

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