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When Leon and Troy are caught breaking in to a north London boxing gym, the owner puts the aspiring black boxers to work rather than turning them over to the police. When race riots erupt in the neighborhood, a split-second betrayal changes both boys’ lives. From the north London streets to the World Championship, the two former friends must ultimately step into the ring and face who they’ve become—champions or sell outs?

Kinetic, comedic, and emotionally bruising, Williams’s masterwork blasts open the experience of being young, black, and ambitious in 1980s London. 

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Packs a mighty wallop...riveting.

The Washington Post

Compelling, thought-provoking, not-to-be-missed. 



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Production Team

Roy Williams
PlaywrightRoy Williams
Rick Sordelet
Fight ChoreographerRick Sordelet
Daniel Conway
Set DesignerDaniel Conway
Brian MacDevitt
Lighting DesignerBrian MacDevitt
Kathleen Geldard
Costume DesignerKathleen Geldard
Lindsay Jones
Sound DesignerLindsay Jones
Ashley Smith
Voice and Text DirectorAshley Smith
John Keith Hall
Production Stage ManagerJohn Keith Hall
Jamila Reddy
Assistant DirectorJamila Reddy
Christian Kelly-Sordelet
Assistant Fight ChoreographerChristian Kelly-Sordelet