Chloe likes the simple things in life: Cherry Sambuca, hairbrush-in-the-mirror karaoke and winding up her Dad. London 2012. Women step into the Olympic boxing ring for the first time. Can Chloe prove she’s worth the title?
One half of BULL ANT Productions, Katie Shearer is much like her company’s namesake in more ways than one. A bull ant is small but tough, with a bite that packs one mighty punch – and so is Katie, and it’s perhaps this reason, that she has chosen to come out swinging in 2015 with Bitch Boxer.
Performing Stephen Berkoff’s Decandence at the Adelaide Fringe in 2014, Katie discovered Bitch Boxer. “I was struck with the freshness, the energy, spirit and soul of this heart-warming play,” she said. “Playing a female boxer! What a challenge physically and mentally for a one woman show.
“I was stuck with this performance for days after in my mind, with a sudden desire to take on this new work. A NSW premiere and to entertain people with this tour de force of a performance, what a chance not to grab with both gloved hands.”
Katie Shearer isn’t the kind of girl to just sit back and wait for things to happen, and has never been known to shy away from a challenge of her own. Studying at The Adelaide Conservatorium, The Guilford School of Acting (UK), Ivana Chubbuck Studios (LA), she has made her way as a professional Baroque musician, in addition to extensive national and international television and theatre credits to her name.
Bitch Boxer is directed by Sri Sacdpraseuth (All Saints, Wonderland) with assistant direction by Lucy Miller (Wolf Lullaby, Scenes From an Execution).
The Old 505 Theatre, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, from May 26th 2015.
Season: 26 – 31 May 2015
Image: Katie Shearer in Bitch Boxer (supplied)