Writer Rob Ward
Director Adam Zane
York Theatre Royal Studio, 13 Feb, 7.45pm
Award-winning writer Rob Ward’s play Gypsy Queen tells a love story about two men who find each other in the most unlikely world – the world of professional boxing. The production can be seen at York Theatre Royal Studio on 13 February.
George O’Connell is a bare knuckle fighter from a traveller family. A hero to his people and self-proclaimed Gypsy King, George enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a collision course with his roots, his fears and his very identity.
In the opposite corner is Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend. He’s fighting his battles, leading to a tragedy that neither man can predict. With the real challenge taking place outside the ring, can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?
Gypsy Queen explores LGBTQ+ visibility in sport, faith and sexuality and the notion of masculinity, played out with biting humour, heart and soul.