A dramatisation of Hazlitt’s classic essay

Britain wins a protracted war with Europe, but can it win the peace? The rich are getting richer but the poor still starve. Within a few years protests against the government spill into violence on British streets. Sound familiar?

In 1821 William Hazlitt, the greatest prose writer in the English language, went to see his first bare knuckle boxing match. Through his eyes PRODIGAL THEATRE, the team behind the multiple award winning TRAGEDIAN TRILOGY take a look at combat, the violence of men and the rivalry of nations.

This is a work in progress preview of Prodigal’s new play.

Written by Alister O’Loughlin, after Hazlitt, with text from Egan & other sources.
Direction and Dramaturgy by Miranda Henderson.

Performers: Alister O’Loughlin & Elijah Holloway

Regency Pugilism Training and additional choreography by Chris Chatfield

Supported by Hall For Cornwall and Arts Council England

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