Looking forward to reflecting on some aspects of the Tom Molineaux project so far as part of a Learning Lab on "The politics of people and place" organised by Counterpoints Arts at Tate Britain, 16th March 2018.
(photo shows Isabel Lima and participants working on her Gresham's Wooden Horse project)
Reviews for Tom Molineaux by Tom Green, May-June 2017.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "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/
"Courageous, powerful and human, this brilliant play packs a punch in more ways than one." theblogoftheatrethings.com/2017/06/03/review-tom-molineaux-at-the-brockley-jack-studio-theatre/
⭐⭐⭐⭐ "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."
"Full of fury and humanity, this beautifully crafted play is well worth seeing" fairypoweredproductions.com/tom-molineaux-review/
"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. Full details: www.tom-molineaux.uk/
Five great sessions with young people at Carney's Community in Wandsworth - a boxing club mixed with a youth club. Our work culminated in the young people making a film. It was inspired by us watching extracts of the doucmentary Sons Of Cuba. They called their film "Sons & Daughters of Carney's"
Great job by Kerry Tuhill at Action Factory, interviewed on the main drivetime show on BBC Radio Lancashire about Tom Molineaux coming to Darwen Library Theatre and the related work taking place with local young people and boxing clubs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p051x48h (from 1.38, available until mid-June)
Kerry from Action Factory spoke with boxers and coaches at Fit2XL club in Darwen.
Mo (Coach, Fit2XL)
What does boxing mean to you?
Confidence. Discipline. Then two key things, I think: self esteem; independence.
Muhammad Ali. What he did for people. Religion. The sport of boxing. He’s one person - wherever you go in the world - everyone knows him.
What’s it like to lose?
That’s the hardest thing in boxing, I believe. Hard to come back. Hurts your pride. It happens here with the kids. We’ve got to bring them back. We build them up to 8 or 9 then they’re back to 1. It’s hard to bring them back.
What does this boxing club mean to you?
I boxed 12 years ago. Kept me off the streets and violence. Gave confidence in the outside world. You go places. Interacting with people. I became a coach. I understand the kids.
What’s it like to be in the ring?
You enjoy it. Beautiful. You’re fighting with yourself, if that makes sense. Body shock. Heart pumping. Out of your comfort zone. A test of how good you can control it all.
Five words for boxing
Desire. Will. Passion. Love. Normal / humble. It’s freedom isn’t it? If they go home happy - we’ve done our job.
Read all the interviews (pdf)
Last week we spent time with our friends at Double Jab Boxing Club in New Cross and held an open rehearsal with local A-level drama students. Lots of good discussions, and it seemed useful for them.
James Hadrell, Artistic Director of Greenwich Theatres, in the South London Press
Of the two fighters who competed in those two famous fights at the beginning of the nineteenth century, it was Tom Cribb who emerged victorious and Tom Cribb who was ultimately taken to the nation’s heart. His tomb, in the shape of a lion, still stands in Saint Mary’s Gardens in Woolwich. However, despite a struggle with alcohol after his departure from boxing, a period in a debtors’ prison and an early death at the age of 34, it is undoubtedly Tom Molineaux who is the hero of Tom Green’s play and his is a story that deserves to be told.
More great coverage for the play, this time focusing on the run at The Jack Studio Theatre: