“It’s skilfully realised theatre that generates considerable emotional potency. What makes it especially powerful is the complexity and delicacy that runs through Isa’s story. We see brutalities, but also how sometimes it is only the humanity of our relationships that saves us.” – ABC
4.5 stars – ArtsHub
“one of the most memorable hours I have ever spent in the theatre. This is the Brisbane Festival production you simply cannot miss.” - The Courier-Mail
Join us ringside as we transform the Roundhouse into a boxing arena and take you on a high-impact ride from Africa to Australia and back again.
Isa is a talented young boxer preparing for the biggest fight of his career. On the line is the national title and the promise of fame and riches beyond his wildest dreams.
What unfolds is a modern-day fable of a Congolese boy orphaned by war and forced to become a child soldier by the very people who killed his family. His powerful left hook offers a new life in Australia, but his greatest obstacle is not his opponent – it’s his past.
La Boite Artist-in-Residence Future D. Fidel writes with the undeniable force of authenticity. Fleeing the Congo as a child, he lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and the stories of those he’s known.
In the lead role one of Queensland’s most talented young actors, Pacharo Mzembe (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Mountaintop, Underbelly), brings years of boxing training to the stage.
Festival Blog post - Congo, the Great Forgetting and Brisbane Festival
TAKE PART IN OUR FESTIVAL CONVERSATIONS
Join artists from the show along with a panel for Festival Conversation ‘Africa, Arts and the Great Forgetting’. This commences Tuesday 15 September at 12pm at Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland. Entry is free.
Director - Todd MacDonald
Set Design - Bill Haycock
Lighting Design - David Walters
Sound Designer - Felix Cross
Congo, the Great Forgetting and Brisbane Festival - View blog post
Sat 05 Sept 7.30pm
Mon 07 Sept 6.30pm
Tue 08 Sept 6.30pm
Wed 09 Sept 7.30pm - SOLD OUT
Thurs 10 Sept 7.30pm
Fri 11 Sept 7.30pm
Sat 12 Sept 7.30pm
Tue 15 Sept 11am/6.30pm
Wed 16 Sept 6.30pm
Thu 17 Sept 11am/7.30pm
Fri 18 Sept 7.30pm
Sat 19 Sept 2pm/7.30pm
Tue 22 Sept 11am/6.30pm
Wed 23 Sept 6.30pm
Thu 24 Sept 11am/7.30pm
Fri 25 Sept 7.30
Sat 26 Sept 2pm/7.30pm
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