“It’s as good as sex, but not as complicated,” declares a proud mum watching her young son box for the first time.
There’s everything to fight for in writer Bryony Lavery’s punchy play. Boxing is a way for the youngsters to escape the hardship and dead end future in store for them and offers the chance of instant fame and money.
It so important to Stuart Ryan as Cameron that he gives up crime, drink, drugs, girls and even his beloved crisps for the chance to be a contender.
Frantic Assembly offer a pulsing tale with pulsing music from Underworld.
The young boxers train for their chance at the big time and to them trainer Bobby Burgess – or Robert The Bruise – is God. But even a boxing God can get things wrong.
It’s a high-adrenalin, violent, swearing world with characters like Dina Massie (Margaret Ann Bain) as a real-life Million Dollar Baby who fights because she must and Julie Wilson Nimmo as Cameron’s mum who deals with the sweaty, blood-stained boxing kit and worries about him getting injured. A TKO from the first punch.