La Boite Roundhouse Theatre, 5 – 26 Sept 2015
A talented young boxer, Isa, is preparing for the biggest fight ofhis career. On the line is the national title and the promise offame and riches beyond his wildest dreams. What unfolds is amodern-day fable of a Congolese boy orphaned by war and forcedto become a child soldier by the very people who killed his family.His powerful left hook offers a new life in Australia, but hisgreatest obstacle is not his opponent – it’s his past.
La Boite Artist-in-Residence Future D. Fidel writes with theundeniable force of authenticity. Fleeing the Congo as a child,he lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before beinggranted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and those of people he has known.
We are thrilled to present in the lead role one of Queensland’s most talented young actors, Pacharo Mzembe (The Mountaintop, Underbelly), who brings years of boxing training to the stage.
Production images by Dylan Evans Photography
Written by //Future Fidel
Director //Todd MacDonald
Designer //Bill Haycock
Lighting Designer // David Walters
VideoDesigner // optikal bloc
Sound Designer // Felix Cross
Dramaturg //Chris Kohn
“It was a clever recreation of a day in any amateur boxing gym helped along by great video design from optikal bloc, moody lighting from David Walters and music and sound by Felix Cross.”
“optikal bloc’s exciting projected imagery is essential in the audience immersement into the hype of a prize fight event.”
BLUE CURTAIN BRISBANE
“Prize Fighter is, in every respect, theatre that matters.”
ALISON CROGGON, ABC
Continuing our partnership with La Boite, we produced a concept trailer and a series of social clips to help build a visual identity and hype for this world premiere production.
Social campaign "Pach Mzembe"
Social campaign "Todd MacDonald"