2 – 13 June 2021 in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Mülheim an der Ruhr + Online

Heavy Hitters

A sad song, weak knees and a boxer’s failed punches. Phil Hayes and John Rowley grapple with the question of when it is time for an ageing body to stop. How much blood, how much sweat has to flow? How much pain does it take for you to finally say: That’s enough?


Tanzfaktur, Grube
Language: English

© Niklaus Spoerri
© Niklaus Spoerri
© Niklaus Spoerri
© Niklaus Spoerri


Concept, Direction, Music: Phil Hayes
Creation, Performance: Phil Hayes, John Rowley
Light, Technical Direction: Patrik Rimann
Production Management: Lukas Piccolin
Tour Management: Lise Leclerc


A production by First Cut Productions in co-production with the Gessnerallee, Zurich.


Born on England’s South coast, Phil Hayes is a performer, theatre director and musician. Hayes’s work is based on collaborative processes in which content and form are generated together with his partners. In collaboration with artists and companies such as Forced Entertainment, Simone Aughterlony, Maria Jerez, Nada Gambier and Thom Luz he has produced international touring works including LEGENDS & RUMOURS and THESE ARE MY PRINCIPLES..., often under the name First Cut Productions. In 2020 Phil Hayes was recognised for his stage work by the city of Zurich. He has lived in Zurich since 1998.

John Rowley is a performer, actor, theatre-maker and visual artist. Alongside works with his own company good cop bad cop, he regularly works with Forced Entertainment and National Theatre Wales. Rowley recently toured internationally with Heiner Goebbels’s EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED AND WOULD HAPPEN. Rowley has a cameo appearance in Juliet Ellis’s film debut RUBY that won a prize in the Drama section at the 2021 Berlin Independent Film Festival. He lives in Wales.