Marking 10 years since its premiere at The Royal Court, Roy Alexander Weise directs Sucker Punch, Roy Williams’ Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning play.
In 1981, South London, Leon and Troy are best mates, trying to figure out their place in the world amid mounting unemployment and simmering racial tensions. After finding solace in Charlie’s gym, they start forging their path into the ruthless world of professional boxing.
Roy Alexander Weise was the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award and directed his critically acclaimed, sell out production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at the Young Vic. Roy was nominated at the 2018 Evening Standard Awards for the ‘Emerging Talent’ Award.
Roy Williams’ bruising play, Sucker Punch examines what it was like to be a young black man in 1980s Britain and asks: how can you fight a system that’s desperate to see you fail?