Take the Space presents White Feather Boxer a new play by Siobhán Nicholas
Performed by Chris Barnes and Polly Jordan
Marking the centenary of the notorious “Conscription” Act in 1916, Take the Space have a brand new play about Boxing - “the bravest of sports” - and the courage of the Conscientious Objectors of World WW1
Background to the play
During our research and development period, we talked to Quakers and Boxers; we hosted debates about Pugilism and Pacifism at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and also at The Old Market in Hove. Then on Thursday 29th October 2015, we presented our first performed reading also at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.
It’s April 1967: in a small boxing gym off the Bethnal Green Road, an elderly trainer listens to the news: Muhammad Ali is refusing to fight in Vietnam; the heavyweight champion of the world has defied the US Military! Jimmy reflects on the choice he himself made during WW1, when Conscription sent Pacifists to prison or the firing squad. Back then in 1916, he was at the peak of his boxing career and physical prowess.
But can Jimmy still be a contender and face the demons from his past? And does he have the strength or even the patience to confront the wild new demon from his present, an angry young woman who desperately needs his help?
What people have said about White Feather Boxer
Jane Corry, artistic director of Norden Farm, who hosted the performed reading of White Feather Boxer wrote
"A powerful piece of new writing from the super talented Siobhán Nicholas and a magnificent cast in the form of Chris Barnes and Polly Jordan. Ostensibly about boxing, the work drew me in and held me close as complex human relationships were explored."