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Friday night in Bethnal Green means Punk feminist wrestling under railway arches

PUBLISHED: 18:00 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:16 29 March 2018

Sammii dropkicks her feminist Punk wrestling opponent. Picture: Roger Alarcon

Sammii dropkicks her feminist Punk wrestling opponent. Picture: Roger Alarcon

Roger Alarcon

Women punk wrestlers are coming to Bethnal Green under railway arches near you with all their grunts and groans.

Mostly women pack the audience for Punk feminist wrestling. Picture: Roger AlarconMostly women pack the audience for Punk feminist wrestling. Picture: Roger Alarcon

Feminist contenders face each other in the ring at the Resistance Club tucked in the arches under the Liverpool Street main line at Cambridge Heath for a Good Friday night’s bash of brutal entertainment that will have the audience gripping their seats.

It’s being staged by Eve promotions as feminist, punk, live entertainment challenging the male-owned world of pro wrestling.

Introducing it is Eve’s co-founder Emily Read, a former wrestler who runs the company with promoter husband Dann.

“Women weren’t being given the same platform as men as performers,” Emily tells the East London Advertiser.

Well it's almost like ballet... Debbie vs Sammii on the top rope. Picture: Roger AlarconWell it's almost like ballet... Debbie vs Sammii on the top rope. Picture: Roger Alarcon

“You were lucky if there was one woman’s match in a whole evening’s entertainment—and that was a novelty for the dads as a ‘warm up’ for the main event while people went off to the loo.”

So the couple put together an all-female Punk evening and went on tour around Britain, but attracting interest from across the Atlantic with their feminist grunt at Donald Trump.

“We are a feminist movement politically against Trump attacking women and the LGBT community,” Emily explains. “We do what we say, but don’t stand for any racism in the audience.

“We eject people from the show for any hate speech. The audience is there to enjoy the evening.”

Taking a 'dive' in Punk feminist wrestling? Picture: Roger AlarconTaking a 'dive' in Punk feminist wrestling? Picture: Roger Alarcon

Eve combines Punk, feminism, activism and pro-wrestling celebrating women as “the strong and powerful ‘sheroes’ of the ring” to show what it looks like when you fight like a girl.

One Time Out critic described seeing “bald heads kissed from the ring, heard some of the fruitiest language this side of a dockyard, watched numerous women hit the deck and tasted the drama of live female wrestling”.

The Good Friday event gives the audience “a night of death-defying, jaw dropping, action packed, theatrical wrestling stunts” fuelled with cabaret and comedy, billed as “Europe’s biggest-ever women’s wrestling event” to represent a grassroots feminist movement of women of all shapes and sizes.

The show at the Resistance Gallery in Poyser Street, behind Cambridge Heath Road, starts 8.30pm, with tickets available online.

Tomorrow’s bash is a taster for a bigger Saturday night of feminist punk wrestling at York Hall set for May 5.

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