Adelaide, Adelaide Fringe 2014

Bitch Boxer

0 Comments 12 March 2014


Winner of the Holden Street Theatres’ ‘Edinburgh Award 2013′, Bitch Boxer comes to Adelaide from a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to delight audiences with the story of 21-year-old Chloe, a competitive boxer and all round tough cookie.

Set in London 2012, women are about to enter the Olympic boxing ring for the first time and the stadium is just down the road from hopeful athlete Chloe Leytonstone’s home. But Chloe’s fight for a shot at gold is complicated by a tragic turn of fate, and the conflict between the focus of an elite champion and first love.

Bitch Boxer is Holly Augustine’s professional debut, having recently graduated LAMDA. Like her character, Augustine is pushed to prove her worth in this one-woman show. It starts slowly, with a thick and almost incomprehensible accent, but Augustine soon gains momentum with a dramatic tale of how she dealt with being locked out from her house one morning before training.

The script, written by Charlotte Josephine, wavers from its central plot and focus at times, and the pacing could be improved. But all in all, the story is interesting and the character  endearing, even if a little rough around the edges. There are moments that bring a tear to the eye, but not enough effective timing or  poetic writing to tip it over onto the cheek.

The set is simple, but still visually appealing and functional. The lighting and music are understated and used sparingly to improve the performance. However, due to the minimal props and simplicity of the scenery the music could be better utilised.

Snuff Box Theatre has done a decent job with Bitch Boxer, producing an enjoyable and interesting show that examines determination, loss and love. It doesn’t quite reach the heights that it could; but, even if you don’t love it, there is no denying it’s still a well-executed performance.

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