Saturday September 19, 2015
6 - 8 Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove, QLD
Language/ Cultural Consultant
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Brisbane Festival and La Boite Theatre Company present
Join us ringside as we transform the Roundhouse into a boxing arena and take you on a high-impact ride from Africa to Australia and back again.
Isa is a talented young boxer preparing for the biggest fight of his career. On the line is the national title and the promise of fame and riches beyond his wildest dreams.
What unfolds is a modern-day fable of a Congolese boy orphaned by war and forced to become a child soldier by the very people who killed his family. His powerful left hook offers a new life in Australia, but his greatest obstacle is not his opponent – it’s his past.
La Boite Artist-in-Residence Future D. Fidel writes with the undeniable force of authenticity. Fleeing the Congo as a child, he lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and the stories of those he’s known.
In the lead role one of Queensland’s most talented young actors, Pacharo Mzembe (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Mountaintop, Underbelly), who brings years of boxing training to the stage.
Director Todd MacDonald
Designer Bill Haycock
Lighting Designer David Walters
Sound Designer Felix Cross
Cast Pacharo Mzembe, Gideon Mzembe, Sophia Emberson-Bain, Margi Brown-Ash, Kenneth Ransom & Thuso Lekwape
This production contains haze effects, violence, sexual references and adult themes.