Stella Feehily's first play Duck is a drama about female friendship set in contemporary Dublin. It was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, on 24 July 2003, in a production by Out of Joint. This production went on national tour, including a run at the Royal Court Theatre, London, from 20 November 2003 to 10 January 2004.
Set in present-day Dublin, the play follows Cat, a girl in her late teens, temping as a nightclub hostess in a seedy bar belonging to her thuggish boyfriend Mark. Cat (or 'Duck', as Mark unkindly calls her, because of the size of her feet) tries to kick-start her life by blowing up Mark's car and, later, starting a relationship with Jack, an ageing author with a drink problem. But for all her attempts to transcend the limitations of her life, she comes to realise that companionship with her best mate Sophie offers the best option after all.
The premiere production was directed by Max Stafford-Clark and designed by Jonathan Fensom. It was performed by Gina Moxley, Ruth Negga (as Cat), Aidan O’Hare, Tony Rohr, Karl Shiels (as Mark) and Elaine Symons (as Sophie).