DOI: 10.5040/9781408174982.00000005
Scenes: 20. Roles: Male (18) , Female (16) , Neutral (1)

Market Boy is a gloriously raucous rite-of-passage drama set in the Thatcherite heartland of Romford Market in the eighties.

There's an art to selling stilettos: learn a good wind-up, the pull of cash, learn drugs, learn sex and run wild with the market monkeys. Persuaded by his mother into getting a job on a shoe-stall, one boy finds he has everything to learn about staying sharp in the ruthless world of Essex traders. The play is a raucous ballet of jeering, booming, and a working-class capitalism that won’t last forever. Market Boy is a spectacular, savage yarn which brings a market jungle to the stage; a tale about the time Mrs Thatcher said we should embrace the marketplace; a story about losing your innocence and learning to sell.

Market Boy premiered in 2006 at the National Theatre, London.

From Eldridge Plays: 2


Bloomsbury Publishing

David Eldridge

ISBN: 9781408164839

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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