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peddling

10th April - 19th April 2014
by Harry Melling
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‘An accomplished debut and a painfully moving study'

Financial Times

HighTide Theatre presents the world premiere of peddling by Harry Melling.

door to door –
knock knocking –
professional doorstep hopping,
hoping that someone might show an interest.

The earth grumbles. Growling. Rising. The city street-lamps flicker up. We’re in a field somewhere in London. A pedlar boy awakes lying on the grass, in his hand a firework. How did he get here? To answer that question he must venture back to the very start via the doorsteps of privileged London and the cracks that swallow thousands of young Londoners every year.

peddling is Harry Melling's remarkable debut play following the day in the life of a door to door salesman as he battles difficult questions and attempts to come to terms with resulting truths.

Harry Melling began his acting career at eleven years-old appearing in the Harry Potter films playing Dudley Dursley. He subsequently went on to train at LAMDA and has since appeared in: Mother Courage and her Children and Women Beware Women (both National Theatre); School for Scandal (Barbican and Holland Theatre Festival); The Hothouse and When Did You Last See My Mother? (both Trafalgar Studios) and King Lear, playing the Fool (Chichester Festival Theatre and BAM).

Feels like the intersection of Beckett and Albee… Powerful and delicately calibrated.

The New York Times (Critics' choice)

Dates & Locations

59E59 23 April - 18 May Visit site
Arcola Theatre 4 - 28 March Visit site

Cast & Creatives

  • Harry Melling Boy
  • Harry Melling Writer
  • Steven Atkinson Director

    Steven Atkinson is co-founder and the Artistic Director of HighTide.

    His directing credits for HighTide include In Fidelity (Traverse Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre); Those Who Trespass (Arts Educational Schools London); Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange Theatre); Lampedusa (Soho Theatre); peddling (Arcola Theatre, Off-Broadway); Pussy Riot: Hunger Strike (Bush Theatre, Southbank Centre); Neighbors (Nuffield Theatre); Bottleneck (Soho Theatre, UK tour); ClockworkBethany; Incoming; Dusk Rings A Bell (Watford Palace Theatre); Lidless (Trafalgar Studios); Muhmah; The Pitch (Latitude).

    His other productions include Chicken (Paines Plough Roundabout) and The Afghan and the Penguin (Radio 4).

  • Lily Arnold Design

    Lily trained at Wimbledon College of Art.

    For HighTide: Forget Me Not (Bush Theatre); So Here We Are (HighTide Festival, Royal Exchange Theatre); peddling (HighTide Festival, 59E59 Theaters, New York City, Arcola Theatre).

    Theatre and Opera includes: The Fruit Trilogy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemoore (Unicorn Theatre); Things Will Never be The Same Again (Tricycle Theatre); The Solid Life of Sugar Water (Graeae); The Box of Photographs, Minotaur (Polka Theatre); The Jew of MaltaKing Lear; Taming Of The ShrewThe Rape of Lucrece (RSC); Up and Out Christmas Sprout (Northern Stage); Tomcat (Papatango); Blake Remixed (Underbelly/National Tour); Beached (Marlowe Studios/Soho Theatre); The Edge of our BodiesGruesome Playground Injuries (Gate Theatre);  World Enough and Time (Park theatre); The Boss of It All (Assembly Roxy/Soho Theatre); A Season in the CongoThe Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic); Happy New (Trafalgar Studios); Opera Scenes (National Opera Studio); Red Handed (The Place, London).

  • Azusa Ono Lighting Design
  • George Dennis Sound
  • Prasanna Puwanarajah Dramaturg

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