Mighty Atoms is set in a struggling pub on one of Hull’s toughest streets, where ex-pro boxer Taylor Flint runs a women’s boxercise class. For Lauren, Jazz, Aneta and Grace the class is much more than a way to lose weight and have a laugh – they’re fighting the grinding challenges of everyday life. When the pub is threatened with closure, the women agree to be part of an unlicensed fight night to raise money and rally the community. They’re ready to prove themselves in a world that shows them little respect, but Taylor knows that once the gloves are on, the real test will be going toe to toe with friends and neighbours.
The all female cast are Maya Barcot (Happy Valley, BBC Two; The Archers, BBC Radio 4) as Aneta, Anna Doolan (Comedy of Errors, Theatre in the Forest; The Accrington Pals, Pomegranate Theatre) as Grace, Caitlin Drabble (New Blood, BBC One; Fuse/Boxes, Sheffield Crucible) as Taylor, Judi Earl (Vera, ITV; Key Change, Open Clasp Theatre Company), Danielle Henry (The Hypocrite, Hull Truck Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company) as Lauren, and Olivia Sweeney (My Brother’s Country, The Lowry; Screaming Heart – Come Closer, Royal Exchange Theatre) as Jazz. Kat Rose-Martin (When We Are Married, Northern Broadsides; The Tales of Grimm Wood, Sneaky Experience) will play Barbara Buttrick. This is the second time that Kat has played the role of Barbara – she performed as the boxing champion in the one woman show Delicate Flowers at WOW Festival Hull earlier this year.
The creative team includes Composer Sophie Cotton (Measure for Measure, The Globe; Antigone, National Theatre), Lighting Designer Prema Mehta (Murder, Margaret and Me, York Theatre Royal; With a Little Bit of Luck, Paines Plough), Movement Director Ella Robson Guilfoyle (Kin and Bromance, Barely Methodical Troupe; SOROR, WOW Festival Hull, Hull Truck Theatre), and Set and Costume Designer Grace Smart (East is East, Northern Stage and Nottingham Playhouse; St Joan, The Lyric Belfast).