"Ms Shearer in a fully committed and rigorous performace has transformed herself quite startingly to create for us"
"Bullant productions presents, BITCH BOXER by Charlotte Josephine, at the Old 505 Theatre, Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth St, Central Railway. 26 May - 31 May.
BITCH BOXER, is an award winning monologue from a young British playwright, Charlotte Josephine, written in 2012. Katherine Shearer after having seen it performed in the Adelaide Fringe, snaffled the performing rights and has found a creative team to support her ambition to present it in Sydney, at the Old 505 Theatre.Like many a young artist in Sydney (check out, THIS BOY'S IN LOVE blog), Ms Shearer is showcasing her own talents, using her own resources, not waiting to be 'found', but getting on with it, and doing it. One can feel obliged, sometimes, to just get on board with these aspiring and yearning artists, and support them. It is an entirely admirable contribution to the offers of theatre experiences in Sydney. One wishes the principal companies e.g. the Sydney Theatre Company & Belvoir, for instance, had a policy to hunt out these shows, and find these artists who are risking more than their talents to be seen. Ms Shearer could take on one of the quotes from her character, Chloe, in BITCH BOXER: "Thing is though, I'm a fighter yeah and now's my time to stand up and battle on regardless." And, so, they both do.The monologue reveals a young woman preparing for the Olympics in the Boxing arena, coping with the tribulations of life as well as the specialisations of her sport. The Clint Eastwood, 2004 film: MILLION DOLLAR BABY, which starred Hilary Swank, though plot-wise very different, prepares one for this experience. Set in a boxing ring Chloe tells us of her journey, and Ms Shearer in a fully committed and rigorous performance has transformed herself quite startlingly to create for us. It is Directed by Srisacd Sacdpraseuth, with support from Bethany Sheehan in Set Design; Lighting, by Christopher Page; and Sound Design, by Alistair Wallace. There is also a Multi Media element.With the loss of the Tap Gallery, last year, as a reasonable, useful and inexpensive site to allow young and explorative artists to present work, the Old 505 Theatre is now a much in demand space.Go see. Keep your eye out. Check out the web-site."
Kevin Jackson, Monday June 1st, 2015.
"And ultimately it’s a character that we don’t very often see portrayed on stage by a female. A boxer."
THEATRE RED interview - 7th MAY, 2015
In 2012, women stepped into the boxing ring for the first time in Olympic history. Inspired by this is Charlotte Josephine’s play Bitch Boxer. Coming to the Old 505 soon, it will performed by the brilliant Katherine Shearer. Here I chat with Katherine.
Me: What attracted you to the play?
Katherine: It’s fresh. It’s honest. It’s high energy. It’s funny. It’s contemporary. And ultimately it’s a character that we don’t very often see portrayed on stage by a female. A boxer. The background is London 2012. Female boxing was accepted as an Olympic sport for the first time. I’ve never seen a play about this before. Chloe the character is tough but with a beautiful vulnerability. She’s going through a process of learning how to deal with her life, dealing with some tough challenges and growing up. She’s a character I love and can relate to. As a performer I was attracted to the challenge of this role physically and mentally. I thought the writing was witty also. And well crafted. It has a percussive rhythm to it.
Me: What are the joys and challenges of the rehearsal process?
Katherine: The challenge of this process is the one woman show aspect. As an actor I love working with an ensemble, creating and drawing inspiration together with my fellow cast. The play relies solely on me! Yikes. Talk about scary. Chloe is a physical being, she hasn’t had to deal emotionally with life too much yet, and so it’s incorporating all of that into bringing her alive on stage. I’ve had to do a lot of boxing training and I’m only scratching the tip of the iceberg with it. I have a new respect for the sport. These athletes are primal and so dedicated. I’ve had to be highly motivated for this whole process to have occurred. I’ve self produced and that’s been a learning curve and a test for my patience and sanity, to put it aside when I need to rehearse. The joys totally out weigh the challenges though because the joys are in the challenges. I love a challenge.
Me: What would you like the audience to feel or think about?
Katherine: I want the audience to go away saying “I really enjoyed that”. I want to entertain. This is a really heart-warming play and I want people to be touched by the story, to evoke in them some feelings from any of the plays themes that everyone of us can relate to – love, loss, grief, struggle, desire and a passion for something that can engulf you if you allow it. I think this play is good old fashioned story telling. I want my audience to enjoy Chloe’s journey. I want them to back her, I want them to care for her. I want them to be inspired also.