A La Boite Theatre Company and Brisbane Festival Co-production

Prize Fighter

By Future D. Fidel

Join us ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the energy of boxing!

31 Oct – 03 Nov

Adrenaline-pumping, full-contact theatre at its best.

Join us ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill and energy of boxing!

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.

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. Written with the
undeniable force of authenticity, Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and those of the people he has known.

Nominated for four Helpmann Awards, this is skillfully realised theatre, full of complexity, energy and surprising delicacy. It’s an experience that’s not to be missed.

Recommended for ages 16+. Contains adult themes, simulated violence, sexual references, haze, smoke and strobe effects.


“The most perfectly structured, brilliantly produced and best-acted new play...it's gobsmacking" - The Australian

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

Free Talking Point
Prize Fighter - Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 3 November, 15 mins after the matinee ends.

Photo by Dylan Evans

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IMB Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Future D. Fidel

Todd MacDonald

Chris Kohn

Bill Haycock

Lighting Designer
David Walters

Composer & Sound Designer
Felix Cross

Sound Design Remix
Busty Beatz

Video Designer
Optikal Bloc

Movement & Fight Director
Nigel Poulton

Cast Includes
Margi Brown-Ash
Gideon Mzembe
Pacharo Mzembe
Mandela Mathia
Marcus Johnson
Ratidzo Wendy Mambo

Stage Management
Daniel Sinclair


Premium: $79
Adult: $67
Pens/Group 8+: $62
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 31 Oct, 7.30pm
Thu 1 Nov, 6.30pm
Fri 2 Nov, 7.30pm
Sat 3 Nov, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Post Show Q&A:
Thu 1 Nov, 6.30pm

Tactile Tour:
Sat 3 Nov, 12.00pm

Audio Description & Captioning:
Sat 3 Nov, 1.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 1 hr 10 mins (no interval)

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