Two gladiators prepare for their 1,000th battle – against each other – and reflect at how they got there in Nicholas Amott’s The Fight. It’s a blend of stage-combat and storytelling.
Should you see it?
The Fight came onto my radar late in the fest and I’m actually really sorry that it took so long because this is a show I would have been urging people to see.
Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth where some form of alien invaders have more or less destroyed humankind, humans now have very few options to avoid starvation and death. One such option is joining a tournament the conquerors have put together where, to quote Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome; “Two men enter, one man leaves.”
I felt like a lot of the buzz or perception about The Fight was on the intense full contact fight choreography – which, admittedly was top notch and a credit to choreographer Brennan Richardson and the other two performers. Swords, staves, unarmed, even a club with nails hammer into its head made appearances.
What I’d had no idea about or had even considered going in, was the quality of the script and caliber of the performances outside the fight scenes.
The Fight is the story of two men who have reached their 1,000th fight. In the build up to that we learn their back stories and how they’ve come to be where and who they are. It’s surprisingly deep and resonant and both Brennan Richardson and writer-director Nicholas Amott completely embody their characters from the open right to the shocking yet inevitable conclusion of the play. The duo did what few shows managed to make me do this year. They made me care about what was going on and what was going to happen to them.
I love being pleasantly surprised by a show I knew very little about, and The Fight blew me away.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Did the stage combat in The Fight impress you? Or was it the story? Who were you hoping would win fight number one thousand? Tell me in the comments below.