Delicate Flowers, a fast-moving Hull boxing play that punches above its weight, is starting a tour of the region this month.
Written by Hull-based playwright Mark Rees and produced by his Single Story Theatre Company, Delicate Flowers tells the story of Barbara Buttrick, the young boxer and wrestler from Hessle, East Yorkshire, who fought adversity in her personal life in the 1940s and 50s to fight opponents in the ring.
Narrated in the current day by Karen, a young Hull boxer from Hull who wants to use her boxing skills to improve her own situation, the 60-minute play dramatises Buttrick’s journey through the fairground boxing booths of France, England and America to winning the World Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
This story of persistence, faith, and having heroes first wowed audiences in Hull in 2017 and now, directed by Keeley Lane and starring Amber Devine, it is out on the road playing selected small venues across Yorkshire and North-East Lincolnshire
Much like Beryl, the play about Yorkshire cyclist Beryl Burton, Delicate Flowers characterises a strong local woman who broke down the barriers of a male dominated sport and carved a career despite huge opposition, breaking the glass ceiling for future women to follow.
Mr Rees, whose recent playwrighting credits include Roller Coaster, Earworm, A Life of My Own and Burning Bright, said: “Barbara’s is a fascinating story of achievement against the odds and shines a spotlight on the challenges still faced by women today not just in sport but their everyday lives.
“Amber does a fantastic job in holding audiences across an action-packed hour interweaving her present day character of Karen with that of Barbara Buttrick as they struggle to balance home life with their ambitions to make it in the ring.”
Delicate Flowers can be seen at Bridlington CYP, Cherry Burton Village Hall, Floral Hall Hornsea, Market Weighton Community Hall, Meridian Centre in Withernsea, Monk Fryston Village Hall, Pickering Memorial Hall, Scunthorpe Boxing Club and Shire Hall, Howden.
Delicate Flowers is also due to receive three performances in Hull during February as part of the Back to Ours event, playing at Derringham Bank Methodist Church, William Gemmell Club, and Willows Social Club.
For tickets, see the individual venues, or online at EventBrite:
Delicate Flowers - Tour Schedule
Monday 18th February Derringham Bank Methodist Church, Hull
Tuesday 19thFebruary William Gemmell Club, Hull
Thursday 21st February Willows Social Club, Hull
Friday 22nd February Market Weighton Community Hall
Saturday 23rd February Monk Fryston Village Hall
Monday 25th February Meridian Centre, Withernsea
Tuesday 26th February Bridlington CYP
Thursday 28th February Shire Hall, Howden
Friday 1st March Cherry Burton Village Hall
Sunday 3rd March Pickering Memorial Hall
Monday 4th March North Lindsey College, Scunthorpe
Tuesday 5th March Floral Hall, Hornsea