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A rather exciting and unusual collaboration of art forms have been keeping a group of young men, aged 13 to 19, on their toes. Punchline, delivered by the Pans-Merseyside Arts Officers Group, specifically targeted NEET young people (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to create
a compelling performance focusing on bringing personal and social struggles into the boxing ring through the medium of boxing, music, film and dance. The project, which brought together boxers and professional artists, successfully secured funding from Arts Council England after its pilot
set in Runcorn in 2009 was a huge success, with a sell out attendance to an audience whom—for many- had never stepped foot in a theatre before. Artistic Director of the project Villmore James, founder of Phoenix and Project Coordinator, Martin Cox, have worked with the young men's
ideas and experiences to create a multimedia performance that has rightfully earned its place as the centrepiece of the Northwest's Cultural Olympiad programme. Here Martin Cox talks to mailout about Punchline, the project where hard to reach young men creatively confront their personal
challenges by putting on their boxing gloves and taking to the ring.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2012
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