Spring 2024

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”

Co-written by Vernon Vanriel and Dougie Blaxland

Directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour

A new musical drama inspired by Vernon Vanriel: the Black British Boxer who rose to prominence in the 70s and 80s, before a trip to Jamaica resulted in him being denied the right to return to the UK, in what would become recognised as the Windrush scandal.  Vanriel later won a historic High Court appeal against the British Government for having illegally denied his right to citizenship. This is a celebration of how courage ,dignity and a fighting spirit can overcome injustice.

Following a sell-out run at Park Theatre earlier this year, On The Ropes will tour nationwide in 2024.  For further information, please contact Penelope.

By Vernon Vanriel & Dougie Blaxland