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. Until, that is, they sign Sid Sparks, a young boxer whose fast hands and winning ways catapult them into a world of success they’ve never known. However, you can’t win all the time and soon Mickey must choose between the life he’s enjoying, and the well-being of his young charge.
Described by David Byrne as “one of the best new companies around”, Smoke & Oakum Theatre is a new writing company who produce quality theatre all over the UK. Cornermen is one of their most successful shows, beginning life at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London before going on in front of thousands of people at the Pleasance Courtyard, New Diorama Theatre and VAULT Festival. Along the way it has been published by Nick Hern Books and reviewed by The Stage as “a right-hook out of nowhere, a real knock-out.”
This touring production is produced by Smoke & Oakum Theatre, New Diorama Theatre and Red Ladder.