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By Aisha Zia. A Common Wealth and Contact Co-production.

‘We are sick of it, being ignored. Sick of it, being indoors’. 

Based on interviews with Muslim female boxers, No Guts, No Heart, No Glory is devised in collaboration with five 16-23 year old performers and explores being young, fearless and doing the unexpected. With a live electronic sound score, epic visual design, cinematic lighting and the energy of a club.

A Contact-commissioned site-specific play staged in boxing gyms, by the critically acclaimed immersive theatre company CommonWealth.

No Guts, No Heart, No Glory was presented in working boxing gyms in Moss Side, Bradford and Edinburgh, before national and international touring including to Southbank Centre and Perth International Arts Festival, Australia.

It was then filmed and broadcast by BBCTV and iPlayer as part of Battersea Arts Centre’s Live From Television Centre programme in November 2015.

A Scotsman Fringe First Winner 2014
Short-listed for Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award

Raw, heartfelt, blazing with energy and sometimes absolutely beautiful

The Scotsman

Punchy and powerful

The Guardian


The Independent

Bradford’s Muslim women boxers enter the ring – G2 Magazine

Not just for boys’: Muslim women take new play about female boxing to the Edinburgh Fringe – The Independent

The female Muslim boxers making their mark on the Fringe – The Scotsman

Women are squaring up to beat stereotypes in the ring – The Herald


Conceived and created by Common Wealth
Co-produced by Common Wealth and Contact

Commissioned by Contact and Theatre in the Mill

Funded by Arts Council England, Scottish Government, Neighbourhood Partnership (Portobello and Craigmillar), Foundation Scotland, Theatre in the Mill, Bradford Council and Contact.