The training of boxer-entertainers in Brendan Ingle's gym

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-215
JournalTheatre, Dance and Performance Training
Volume3
Issue number2
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Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2012
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Using Richard Schechner’s approach to performance studies, this paper examines the performance practices at a professional boxing gym in England. The paper will consider the narratives accounts provided by the head coach, and a selection of professional boxers, to demonstrate how these individuals make sense of the practices at the gym. Further, this paper will illustrate how, through the adoption of performative practices, the boxers at this gym are able to fulfil the role of athlete and popular entertainer; a role which, at times, means they are chastised by sportswriters for being overtly theatrical.