Mickey and his team of cornermen never seem to have much luck in the boxing world. The fighters they manage always end up losing ...
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Mickey and his team of cornermen never seem to have much luck in the boxing world. The fighters they manage always end up losing and, after a disastrous last outing, no one wants to work with them.
All that changes when they sign Sid, a young boxer whose winning ways catapult them into a world of success they've never had before. However, you can't win them all - soon Mickey has to choose between the life he's enjoying, and the wellbeing of his young charge.
Tragic and funny, Cornermen premiered at the Old Red Lion, London, in 2015. The play was revived in 2018 on a UK tour.
'Thrilling...A striking new play by an exciting new writer' - The Scotsman
'Detailed but passionate, funny but with real sinews and a firm, forceful message, Oliver Forsyth's Cornermen is a smart and immensely enjoyable play... a real knockout' - The Stage
Oli Forsyth is a writer, poet, producer and actor from London. He established Smoke & Oakum Theatre in 2013. His first play, Tinderbox, was performed at Theatre503, London, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom and Speech Award. Cornermen, inspired by his experiences in the world of boxing, opened at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London, in 2015 before playing at the Pleasance Courtyard, the New Diorama Theatre, Otherplace Brighton and the 2016 VAULT Festival, London. Oli's other works include Aubade (2015), and Happy Dave (2016), and a self-published collection of poems in 2015.