White Feather Boxer

April 1967: the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Muhammad Ali, defies the US Military by refusing to fight in Vietnam. Meanwhile in a shabby Bethnal Green flat, an elderly boxing trainer hears the news and recalls his own dilemmas of WW1, when Conscription in 1916 sent pacifists to prison or the firing squad; when he, at the peak of his boxing career and physical prowess, made a choice.

Can Jimmy still be a contender and fight his demons from the past and meanwhile - has he the strength or even the patience to tame a wild young demon from the present?  

Take the Space who previously visited the Mill with Sam & I, Hanging Hooke, Dolce Via and Stella present a new play about pugilism and pacifism for the centenary of the Conscription Act of 1916.  A story about the bravest of sports and the courage of conscientious objectors.


Presented by Take the Space

A new play by Siobhán Nicholas

Performed by Chris Barnes and Polly Jordan


“This tiny company punches way above its weight – see them and experience meticulously researched theatre that stimulates, entertains and relies on skill and imagination” THE PUBLIC REVIEWS on Dolce Via

Chris Barnes, playing Hooke, was simply fantastic” OXFORD DAILY INFO on Hanging Hooke

“A powerful piece of new writing from the super talented Siobhan 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”



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