Gloves On is a night-time, outdoor theatre show, set in and around a full size, a floodlit boxing ring. Exploring boxing’s place in the British psyche, this intense and visceral performance conveys the emotional and physical challenges a boxer experiences and investigates the intricacies of courage, masculinity and honour, ritual and spectatorship.
In front of a fairground style façade, a barker whips up the crowd and introduces his fighters for the evening’s spectacle. The audience is invited to take the side of the champion or challenger before the battle commences and pounding breakbeats fill the space as the fighters enter the ring to the raucous delight of the crowd.
The imaginations of the Ragroof Theatre team, who make work in unusual spaces, are inspired by other people’s memories and knitted together using physical expression, text, soundscapes, poetry and visual language.
Ragroof creates work for outdoor or unusual spaces, taking inspiration from the sites in which we perform.It brings its work to the heart of the community; high streets, social centres, boxing clubs, dance halls and schools. The company is a collective of individual artists with a dazzling array of skills in dance, physical theatre, visual art, written word and curation.
It tours all four corners of the UK as well as working internationally, travelling with our theatre, performance and happenings that celebrate, explore and create community.
It explores specific subjects and communities. It is the human experience and the people’s stories that are at the heart of our work.
Directed by: Luan Blake
Devised by: Zoe Bouras, Tyler Coombes, Denise Evans, Kristian Dawson, Marion Duggan, Ivan Fabrega, Damian O’Gorman, Deb Pugh, Benjamin Reeves, Lee Town
Performance Director: Marion Duggan
Supported by Without Walls