A Congolese refugee getting by in the Australian suburbs, Isa has a background that seems unimaginable in his new country – a childhood as a boy soldier, fighting for the same forces that massacred his family. Now, he has a chance to gain fame and fortune. Isa’s a brilliant boxer, and he has a shot at the national title. But his most difficult opponent isn’t in the ring – it’s the terrors of his past.

I saw this show at La Boite in Brisbane and it’s a real event – theatre made of storytelling and sport, led by two astonishing performances. Its writer, Future D. Fidel, fled the Congo as a child and lived in a Tanzanian camp for eight years before being granted refugee status. I’m thrilled it will find a Sydney home at Belvoir, and I’m thrilled to welcome Pach Mzembe back to Belvoir for the first time since Gwen in Purgatory. – Eamon

A La Boite Theatre Company & Brisbane Festival production co-presented with Sydney Festival


Margi Brown-Ash
Thuso Lekwape
Gideon Mzembe
Pacharo Mzembe
Zindzi Okenyo
Kenneth Ransom


Writer Future D. Fidel
Director Todd MacDonald
Dramaturg Chris Kohn
Designer Bill Haycock
Lighting Designer David Walters
Assistant Lighting Designer Christine Felmingham
Composer & Sound Designer Felix Cross
Sound Design Remix Busty Beatz
Video Designer optikal bloc
Movement & Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Stage Manager Heather O’Keefe

Performance Times

Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday 8pm
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm

Preview (bookable)
8pm, 6 January

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 7 January

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 19 January

Captioned Performance
2pm, 14 January

Belvoir Briefing
3pm, Sunday 22 January

Running Time
65 minutes, no interval


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Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time. Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.

Full Price $72
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Industry**/Groups (10 or more) $62
Concession† $49
30-Down# $47
Previews $40
Student Saver# $37

† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards.
** Industry prices are available to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening. 

Some of our productions at Belvoir may contain strong language, smoking, nudity, violence, strobe lighting, haze or other things you may find confronting or uncomfortable. If you are concerned about any of these please ask our Box Office staff about content when booking.






Umm, did that just happen? Could it be that Brisbane has just witnessed the world premiere of the most perfectly structured, brilliantly produced and best-acted new play seen in this town in, well, living memory probably?

Martin Buzacott | The Australian

Prize Fighter is, in every respect, theatre that matters.

Alison Croggon | ABC Arts

An emotionally honest story that will stay with you long after the gloves are off.

Amanda Starkey | Scenestr.