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.