Royal Exchange, Manchester
"...frighteningly realistic work by fight director Renny Krupinski."



'Bare' depicts a criminal world fuelled by bloodlust and money - by raw, unbridled aggression and hefty wads of ill-gotten, gambled cash. The play introduces us to family man Rick whose brute strength attracts the shrewd business eye of bare-knuckle fight orchestrator Arden. Rick's descent into violence is rapid and grim. This show is not an easy watch, practically every scene contains conflict, aggression, and antagonism; voices seem permanently to be raised. Then there are the fights themselves, impressively choreographed and performed, but bloody, visceral and disturbing. Though the performances are consistently powerful, and the script richly, charismatically and almost poetically written, the amount of physical violence doesn't give one time enough to think about what is actually being said.


Bare - shocked, appalled, elated.

'Bare' is a visceral, compelling and engaging piece of theatre, filled with moments of breathtaking violence. It tells the story of Skinner, a man who is drawn into the world of bare-knuckle fighting, and tells it through scenes, monologues, and the best stage-fighting at the Festival. Skinner's story is moving, and the characters are well-crafted and beautifully acted.

If you're looking for something tame, or PG rated, then this definitely isn't for you - but if you want to be perched on the edge of your seat, then head down to the Radisson. The performances are astonishing, and the whole show is perfectly paced: it barrels along, and you can't help but be drawn into it. The stage violence is excellently choreographed, and there is not a weak link in the excellent cast.

I would encourage anyone (well, anyone who is not of a nervous disposition) to see 'Bare', but remember that it's very much not for the faint-hearted! You will be shocked, thrilled, and emerge from the theatre with your heart racing.


Hard hitting drama

Gritty, violent theatre set in the world of bare-knuckle boxing from BareBack Theatre. The sharp writing and fantastically choreographed fight scenes wouldn’t have half the impact without the strong central performances, from writer/director Renny Krupinski as slippery agent/promoter Arden and Paul Michael Giblin as fighter Skinner ‘The Killer’, who gets sucked into this murky world of blood and gambling. Hard hitting drama.


Written, produced, directed, choreographed by and starring the same person, is often a warning flag for fringe shows, but in the case of Renny Krupinski's Bare the combination is legitimate, the product of a writer who knows exactly how he wants his vision to take shape and who has the talent in all these areas to make it happen.

This drama of illegal bare-knuckle fighting has a predictable plot, as a lad needing money is drawn into the business, only to be manipulated and trapped by the crooks and hard men who run it, but playwright Krupinski captures the gritty reality of the story and actor Krupinski drives much of its dark energy as the oily but dangerous crooked boss.

There are strong performances from Paul Michael Giblin as the honourable young man with only one way to support his family and Kaitlin Howard doing more than you might expect with the Adrian role of the fighter's wife.

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