Using ‘The World of Wrestling’ by Roland Barthes, we explore the idea of what a wrestler should be, and who might be the platonic ideal of a wrestler, with a heavy bias towards those the author enjoys.
[Content note: rape, ptsd]
Wrestling isn’t saving my life, but it is changing how I view men, and how I feel about trusting them.
Another accessibility review, this time of the inimitable Progress – in a sold-out venue, having wounded myself travelling through London to get there, how would I cope with the stairs into the venue, and the general atmosphere?
What’s the first thing you do, when you see a show come up that you’re interested in going to? Do you ask your partner about it? Do you see how far away it is from your house? Do you see if you can book time off work? Well, the first thing I do is try to contact the promotion and ask “What’s the accessibility like?”
When I describe wrestling to people, I say it’s a combination of sports and theatre. How it plays out as a sport is obvious, but as theatre, many of the different companies have different ideas as to how it should work. Which is best? Well, it’s not quite that simple.