PRIZE FIGHTER – La Boite Theatre PRIZE FIGHTER – La Boite Theatre

Event Details


a La Boite Theatre and Brisbane Festival Production by Future D. Fidel

Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy and Melbourne International Arts Festival

Get ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill of live boxing.

Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel 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 those of the people he has known.

Isa is a young Congolese boxer blazing an impressive career between the ropes. Gearing up for the national title fight, he soon discovers it’s not just his opponents he has to outdo, but the demons from his tortuous past as a boy soldier.

Prize Fighter is adrenaline-pumping, full-contact theatre at its best.

Prize Fighter is, in every respect, theatre that matters.” ABC Arts

Defeating your opponent needs strategies but defeating your memories requires more than just that. Regardless of who or what your opponent is, everyone is a Prize Fighter.” – Future D. Fidel, Playwright

The most perfectly structured, brilliantly produced and best acted new play” The Australian


Director: Todd MacDonald

Performed by: Pacharo Mzembe, Gideon Mzembe, Margi Brown-Ash, Marcus Johnson, Ratidzo Wendy Mambo and Mandela Mathia
Dramaturg: Chris Kohn

Designer: Bill Haycock

Lighting Designer: David Walters

Composer & Sound Designer: Felix Cross

Sound Design Remix: Busty Beatz

Movement & Fight Director: Nigel Poulton

Stage Management: Daniel Sinclair

Audio Described Performance: 8pm, Saturday 20 October. For an introduction to the audio description, please click here

Auslan Interpreted Performance: 8pm, Thursday 18 October

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Tour supported by arTour an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. La Boite is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its funding and advisory body.

Prize Fighter tour lock up



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