Mudlarks is a tragic, beautifully realised play about three young men trapped at the wrong end of the river. On the muddy banks of the Thames, downstream from the bright lights of London, three boys hide from the police after a night of recklessness. As morning dawns, their options diminish and just two questions remain: do they have the power to determine their own fates, or are they destined to sink into the mud?
Essex-born Vickie Donoghue’s powerful debut play exposed the culture she grew up with. With brutal honesty it explored teenagers’ impulse to dream, and its futility in a reality that has no space for dreamers.
Mudlarks was first presented at the sixth HighTide Festival in Suffolk on 4 May 2012 in a co-production with Lucy Jackson before transferring to Theatre503, London, 29 May 2012 directed by Will Wrightson.