a La Boite and Brisbane Festival production


Join us ringside as we take you on a high-impact ride
from Africa to Australia and back again.


  • 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.
  • “Prize Fighter is, in every respect, theatre that matters.”
  • About


    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

  • Creative Team

    Creative Team

    Written by //Future Fidel
    Director //Todd MacDonald
    Designer //Bill Haycock
    Lighting Designer // David Walters
    VideoDesigner // optikal bloc
    Sound Designer // Felix Cross
    Dramaturg //Chris Kohn


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"