Spotlight on… Until You Hear That Bell


Until You Hear That Bell is a one-man show about amateur boxing and family told through spoken word within timed boxing rounds. Writer and performer Sean Mahoney tells us more about the making of the piece.

How and where will the show be staged?

In the Theatre space! The show itself has been taken to boxing gyms, community centres, schools, grand halls. I feel like it’s just a matter of time until it’s shown in a car park or lift.

Why should someone come and see your show?

Because I’m immensely proud of it.

Where did the idea and inspiration come from?

The idea of doing a show set to a time boxing clock was born out of slam poetry- in slam poetry, you have up to three minutes to say your piece, just like the rounds in a boxing match. I remember realising that I was very used to writing within this time frame and it ended up providing a great structre for the show!

Why do you think it’s an important story to tell?

I’m not sure why- it’s a very intimate story about my time in boxing gyms and time with my family. I think the fact that it’s so important to me shows, and I hope it can affect people on a personal level.

What sort of person is going to love this show?

I’ve tried to write something that can be loved by people who love theatre and by people who don’t like theatre.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?

The poster doesn’t truly show how handsome I am.

Have you visited Brighton before? What were/are your impressions of the city?

I’ve been really lucky to have done two gigs in Brighton- both for Deanna Rodger’s and Dean Atta’s poetry night, Come Rhyme With Me. I’ve also performed for Dean Atta in Brighton with Femi Martin and some other great poets where we performed poetry for hours! I can’t remember the name of it- but it was great.

I don’t know a lot about Brighton otherwise. I know only good things- like the love for the Green Party, all the rocks it has and Cecilia Knapp.

Until You Hear That Bell is at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre on 21 September.