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Tom Green – ‘Tom Molineaux’

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In 2017-2018 we are working with a range of artists on a variety of touring and place-based commissions across the UK; we’re also working with several artists to scale-up projects via R&D and through ongoing creative mentoring and learning.

Tom Green’s project is a Counterpoints Arts’ commission and is based around his new play about the black American boxer, Tom Molineaux, who came to the UK in 1810 as a freed slave and ended up fighting for a national title in front of 20,000 people.

Molineaux’s battle against prejudice and poverty is an archetypal boxing story. The sport has always been a route to success and self-expression for the most marginalised people around the world, including migrants and refugees.

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Tom’s project connects boxing clubs and theatres in areas of high migration: Blackburn & Darwen, Gravesend, Wandsworth and South East London. Working with Action Factory in Blackburn & Darwen and other partners in each location, he is running creative sessions with boxers from diverse backgrounds, refugee groups and schools – helping them respond to Tom Molineaux’s experiences and to express their own feelings about the sport and the communities they live in.

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Boxing and theatre have much in common, but the two worlds rarely intersect. This project is about bringing them together – taking theatre into boxing clubs and bringing boxers into the theatre.

Some of the reviews:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  “A beautiful story, perfectly written and featuring two fine actors on the top of their game. You will not have to be a sports fan to appreciate this, just a lover of humanity.” http://www.westendwilma.com/review-tom-molineaux-jack-studio/

⭐⭐⭐⭐  “Gritty, intense and powerfully told.” ​stagereview.co.uk/theatre-review/tom-molineaux-review/​

⭐⭐⭐⭐  “This play coincides with the one-year anniversary this month of the death of the boxer of Muhammed Ali. Perhaps it is no coincidence at all, as both boxers had a long-lasting effect on the profession in ways they neither dreamt of or considered.”  https://breaking-the-fourth-wall.com/2017/06/02/tom-molineaux-brockley-jack-studio-theatre-review/

“Above all, the most impressive aspect of the play is it that places Egan and Molineaux’s humanity at centre stage – allowing us to feel we have shared 75 minutes or so with two of the most important yet flawed individuals from arguably British boxing’s most historically significant era.”
http://www.boxingmonthly.com/stories/tom-molineaux-packs-a-punch/

“An incredible true story that is well written and well performed. A moment of history that is worth a watch.” everything-theatre.co.uk/2017/05/tom-molineaux-jack-studio-theatre-review.html

Directed by Kate Bannister. Starting Nathan Medina and Brendan O’Rourke.