Grappling with new drama at the Dukes

Published: 27 January 2019

Men from the wrestling and boxing scene in the Lancaster and Morecambe area have helped to inspire the latest Dukes play.

Glory, set in the larger than life world of wrestling, receives its world première at the Lancaster theatre from February 21 to March 2 before touring nationally.

One of the play’s central characters is Ben, a former soldier who visits Jim Glory’s gym to train. He was inspired by Lancaster-born boxer Christian Flynn who joined the Army at 18 and served in Afghanistan, Germany and Kenya. During his time in the forces, he boxed for the Army.

When growing up, Christian encountered racism and began boxing aged 11 at Lancaster Boys Club as a way of channelling energy into something positive. He has recently turned professional and hopes to fight his first professional boxing match within the next three months.

One of the coaches, Frank Harrington, also influenced some of the wit and mannerisms of Jim Glory who runs the gym at the centre of the play. And Wael Alttarh, who works for Global Link in Lancaster, helped to develop the Syrian character of Sami and will be sound assistant for the production.

The Dukes Round theatre will be transformed into a wrestling ring to see three men confront demons, life and each other.

It is recommended for anyone aged 14 plus.

David Upton