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Gypsy Queen climbs into the ring

Published: 23 December 2018
Reporter: David Upton

Unconventional love story Gypsy Queen returns to Manchester in January for a one-off date—but with a difference.

Set in the competitive world of boxing, Gypsy Queen is a tale of love and boxing in the most unusual circumstances. The cast are swapping treading the boards of the theatre for the canvas of an actual boxing ring for a site-specific performance on January 27.

Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club will host the play for two performances with the show being performed within the ropes of the boxing ring. There will be a family friendly performance at 3PM, followed by the full production at 7PM.

The immersive performances come just a week before Gypsy Queen embarks on a four-week UK tour.

Gypsy Queen is the story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, a bare-knuckle fighter from a traveller family, a hero to his people and a self-proclaimed Gypsy King. George enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his fears and his very identity.

In the opposite corner, Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend. He is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict.

Gypsy Queen explores LGBTQI visibility in sport, faith, sexuality, and the notion of masculinity. The two-hander production playing nine characters between them, has comedy, drama and physicality in equal measure.

Written by and starring Rob Ward, the production also features John Askew. It is directed by Adam Zane and produced by Max Emmerson.