Delicate Flowers is a one-woman play that tells the story of a young Hull boxer Karen. She has been inspired by Hull boxing and wrestling legend Barbara Buttrick (who won a boxing world title in America in 1957) and intertwines this story with her own to highlight her struggles in balancing home life with her ambition to make it as a boxer.
The two stories highlight the problems faced by a female boxer in the 1940’s and 50’s jux- ta-posed with contemporary issues regarding women in the sport. Karen idolises Barbara as she epitomises the courage and tenacity needed to break through the glass ceiling of a male dominated sport.
The play follows the travails of both characters as they embark on a fascinating journey. Both stories highlight the problems faced by women in sport and the attitudes of men to two strong, independent women. This fast moving physical play follows both characters on an inspiring and fascinating journey.
Delicate Flowers is written and directed by Mark Rees and performed by Amber Devine for Single Story Theatre Company.
Delicate Flowers toured very successfully to theatre and non-theatre venues in Hull for two weeks in March 2017 and was watched by nearly 900 audience members. The production was funded by the Arts Council and the City of Culture 2017 team. It was also one of the featured plays performing at the Women of the World Festival curated by Hull 2017.
Single Story was created to develop new work of a challenging and engaging nature. To generate and produce strong, original theatre that challenges and entertains. We special- ise in one-woman plays tackling contemporary issues and themes. We work in a collabor- ative way, valuing the input of actors, choreographers and musicians to create effective and original work.
East Riding Theatre
Tuesday 13th November 7:30pm
[Mark Rees – Single Story Theatre]