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Chasing Champions

In association with Ship’s Company Theatre

Neptune Scotiabank Stage
featuring Jacob Sampson, Marty Burt, Zach Faye & Micha Cromwell

Written by Jacob Sampson, Directed by Ron Jenkins

Stage Manager Jane Creaser
April 19 – 30, 2017 
(PWYC April 23rd, 7.30pm)

Regular Adult: $28
Senior, Student & Arts Worker: $23
Prices include box office service charges.
Prices do not include HST.


A story of endurance, fortitude, friendship, and hope, Chasing Champions is a fighter’ story from a time when race and sport were colliding head on.
Pound for pound, who was the world’s greatest boxer? Many boxing historians would argue in favor of Sam Langford, a lesser-known fighter born in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, in 1886.

After almost three hundred recorded bouts, Langford retired at the age of 43 and passed away in 1956, just two months before his seventieth birthday, and only ten weeks after being enshrined in the Boxing Hall of Fame. “Don’t nobody need to feel sorry for old Sam. I had plenty of good times. I been all over the world. I fought maybe 600 fights, and every one was a pleasure!”

Jacob Sampson and a small ensemble cast bring to life the boxing world of 1910s and 20s; the danger and reward of surviving by your fists, and breaking the mould society has set for you. Chasing Champions takes you on the journey of Sam Langford’s boxing career. It also uses flash back and a flexible timeline to explore the fighter’s life as a child growing up in Nova Scotia and what forged him into one of the greatest fighters who ever lived. Chasing Champions is a physical experience that brings the audience into training and the ring, from the corner to the mat, and pays tribute to a great man who was almost forgotten.


The Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards are on March 27th, 2017, at casino Nova Scotia. With an amazing total of NINE Nominations, you can see this show April 20-30th, just as the wondrous Ship’s Company Theatre created it last Summer.


  • Outstanding Lead Actor Male – Jacob Sampson
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor Male – Marty Burt
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor Female – Micha Cromwell
  • Outstanding Direction – Ron Jenkins
  • Outstanding Lighting Design – Leigh Ann Vardy
  • Outstanding New Play (NS) – Jacob Sampson
  • Outstanding Scenic Design – Garrett Barker (Set) and Corwin Ferguson (Projections)
  • Outstanding Sound Design – Joe Micallef
  • Outstanding Production – Ship’s Company Theatre

Date/Time: April 21, 2017 - 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre

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