HighTide Upstairs, The Cut
Friday, May 4, 2012 - Sunday, May 13, 2012
A World Premiere by Vickie Donoghue
A HighTide Festival Theatre / Lucy Jackson Production
Tickets from £11.50 (And book tickets for two or more events and receive 25% off all tickets).
The water looks sort of angry, don’t it? Racing across the mud. Like it’s coming for us! Haven’t got long. We have to move soon.
Mudlarks is supported by We Fund, find out more about this partnership at: http://www.wefund.com/project/mudlarks.
On the muddy banks of the River Thames, downstream from the bright lights of London, three boys hide from the police after a night of recklessness. Over the course of the freezing night their fears, secrets and dreams emerge, collide and combust revealing the desperate frustration of lives barely led but already ravaged.
Essex-born Vickie Donoghue’s powerful debut exposes the culture she grew up with and sees on a daily basis. With brutal honesty she explores how the impulse to dream is futile in the context of a reality that has no space for dreamers. Mudlarks heralds the arrival of an urgent new voice in British theatre.
Written by Vickie Donoghue
Directed by Will Wrightson
Designed by Amy Cook
Lighting by Joshua Carr
Sound by Richard Hammarton
Casting Hayley Kaimakliotis
Scott Hazell, James Marchant, Mike Noble.
Scott Hazell’s credits include
James Marchant’s credits include
Mike Noble’s credits include
Meet the Playwright
Tell us in a sentence why we should see Mudlarks.
To experience a gripping snapshot of the definitive night in three boys’ lives.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
Because I love telling stories!
What inspired you to write this play?
The idea of how the snap decisions we make in our youth can affect the rest of our lives.
Who inspires you and how do they inform your work?
Enda Walsh, Harold Pinter and Jack Thorne inspire me (and many other writers obviously). I especially love the form in which the stories are told in their plays. Edward Hopper’s paintings, how he captures a moment of someone’s life and makes us feel like we are spying on them. I'm inspired to try and do this in the plays I write.