The script of I’m Your Man is now published by Currency Press as part of Acts of Courage: three headphone verbatim plays by Roslyn Oades.
Originally produced by Belvoir and Sydney Festival in association with BYDS.
For 18 months theatre-maker Roslyn Oades and her trusty tape recorder followed a determined, young boxer from Bankstown through his preparations for a world-title fight. I’m Your Man is the story of who she and her tape recorder met along the way: past legends, up-and-comers and failed contenders whose lives have been irreversibly changed by the fight game.
For the original production, Belvoir’s Downstairs Theatre turned boxing gym: place of dreams, of glory, of a better life, where everyone wants to be special and only one thing is certain – that no matter how high you fly you will eventually lose. I’m Your Man is no ordinary slice-of-life. The actors wear earpieces and take their lines directly from the ringsides, gyms and dressing rooms of Oades’ recordings. This is fuelled-up, high-stakes, real-deal theatre.
I’m Your Man is the third of a trilogy by Oades about acts of bravery and the psychology of respect. Behind the thrilling, brutal sport lies a compelling tale of courage and its cost. Now this outstanding show is embarking on an extensive national tour in 2013.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Creator & Director Roslyn Oades
Sound Designer Bob Scott
Lighting Designer Neil Simpson
Choreographer (Branch Nebula) Lee Wilson
Script Consultant Raimondo Cortese
Design Consultant Ralph Myers
Interview Assistants Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Tim Carroll and
Production photos by Heidrun Löhr
Rehearsal Photos by Bill Reda
Belvoir season program
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Performance Space, Sydney
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, WA
31 July – 3 August
Arts House, Melbourne
Hothouse, Wodonga, VIC
Riverside Theatres, Sydney