by Tom Green
directed by Kate Bannister and presented by the Jack Studio Theatre
Born a slave, Tom Molineaux boxed his way to freedom. In 1810 he arrives in London where his flamboyant style wins him fame and the friendship of prizefight writer Pierce Egan.
Molineaux battles against poverty and prejudice to win the right to face the great English champion, Tom Cribb. Huge crowds gather to watch. Can the American overcome the odds to win? And what will it mean if a freed slave becomes the champion in a sport that has come to define the national character?
Based on an extraordinary true story, Tom Molineaux charts the rise and fall of one of the greatest heroes of bare-knuckle boxing.
Press for this production
Please see it if you can. A beautiful story, perfectly written by the talented Tom Green 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. ★★★★★ West End Wilma
Courageous, powerful and human, this brilliant play packs a punch in more ways than one. Theatre Things
The language is wonderfully lyrical and Green lays bare the prejudices that are still faced today. Full of fury and humanity, this beautifully crafted play is well worth seeing whether you love or loathe boxing. A fine tribute to an extraordinary man. Fairy Powered Productions
a champion performance. Green’s intense and gritty narrative play…offers a spirited account of an incendiary fighter who is now no more than a footnote in boxing history – and that’s a tragedy. ★★★★ Stage Review
Nathan Medina’s Molineaux mixes formidable physicality with humour, passion and pathos in an extraordinary performance…a tour de force and an eloquent reflection not only of Medina’s talent and commitment, but of director Kate Bannister’s confidence and dramatic flair and RC Annie’s expert choreography. A performance which is highly recommended for all pugilist specialists, as well as anyone with an interest in history and humanity. Grab a ticket as quick as you can, for there are only a few performances left. Boxing Monthly
the writing is excellent and the story is sensational. An incredible true story that is well written and well performed. A moment of history that is worth a watch. Everything Theatre
This project was supported by Arts Council England. Unity Theatre Trust, The Haberdashers’ Company, Wandsworth Fringe & Counterpoint Arts