Theatre preview: Fight Night @ Tron Theatre, Glasgow

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Tonight (15 May) until Thursday (17 May), 7.45pm, £10 (concessions £7), Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
Tel: 0141 552 4267. www.tron.co.uk

VIDEO: Fight Night - trailer

At some point last week, Tron Theatre turned on the news and smiled. As the controversies surrounding the Amir Khan v Lamont Peterson and David Haye v Derek Chisora boxing matches became the main sport stories, it might have even done the pants dance.

And why? Because tonight it presents a play with a timing so suspiciously impeccable it’s giving conspiracy theorist David Icke ideas for his next book.

Yes, raising its curtains in a few hours is Fight Night – an engaging tale from award-winning Irish playwright Gavin Kostick that charts the comeback of an amateur boxer.

Part of Tron Theatre’s Mayfesto event, the piece grapples with themes of failure, hope and redemption as protagonist Dan Coyle Jr (portrayed by Aonghus Óg McAnally) battles with his life in and out of the ring.

Fight Night is introduced by Dublin-based company Rise Productions, and takes the form of an intensely physical one-man show with a witty approach to a powerful story.

So while this Merchant City venue may be rubbing its hands together in delight this week, we should also count ourselves lucky that this little gem has made its way across the Irish Sea.