Golden Gloves (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Golden Gloves

Messy if hugely entertaining boxing show

Croatian theatre company Box Teatar’s Golden Gloves is a bit of a mess, but it’s a very enjoyable, hugely likeable mess. Mixing up boxing and theatre – a topical combination, with sport on everyone’s lips at the moment – the show delivers a series of vivid set-pieces describing the career of a young boxer, from his first steps in training right through to a reluctant come-back fight. The tone is all over the place – some scenes are childishly comic, others sexy, others dark and tragic – but it’s all conveyed with such energy and enthusiasm that it doesn’t really matter.

And the quintet of young performers really can take the blows – their high-energy boxing sequences, although often played for laughs, are impressively authentic. They provide their own soundtrack, too – it’s quite disconcerting at first when they swap their boxing gloves for instruments, but when they come together as a full rock band to deliver their final song, it’s with real passion. Don’t go expecting great subtlety or profound insights, but you’ll be sure of an entertaining hour – if a slightly baffling one.

The Bongo Club, 557 2827, until 12 Aug, 7pm, £7.50 (£6).

Golden Gloves - Box Theatre

Golden Gloves

  • 3 stars

Golden Gloves is a story of a boxer on his way to success. Inspired by some great boxers of our time. Physical theatre, musical performance and puppetry played by Alen Celic, Giulio Settimo, Pedja Gvozdic and Ivan Cacic. Alen Celic, drama/movement lecturer, 2010 Award - Best Children’s Play Choreography in Croatia.

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