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TOM MOLINEAUX by Tom Green
Fri 19 May 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
A new play based on the extraordinary true story of the great black American bare-knuckle fighter.
Born a slave, Tom Molineaux boxes his way to freedom. In 1810 he arrives in London where his flamboyant style wins him fame and he befriends prizefight writer Pierce Egan. Molineaux battles against poverty and prejudice to win the right to face the great English champion Tom Cribb. Huge crowds gather to watch. Can the American overcome the odds to win? And what will it mean if a freed slave becomes the champion in a sport that has come to define the national character? This exciting new drama charts the rise and fall of one of the first international sporting heroes.
Directed by Kate Bannister (Artistic Director, Jack Studio Theatre)
Presented in Darwen in association with Action Factory and supported by Arts Council England and Counterpoints Arts