Plays by Joe Hammond

Where the Mangrove Grows

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Twelve year-old Shaun just can’t work it out. Why hasn’t his Mum come to visit? Why has his care-worker taken his picturebook? And who is the man at the window calling him away?

With a bed for a boat and a skirting board oar, Shaun sets off for the mangrove swamps in this darkly enchanting tale of a lost boy’s transformation.

A brave and startling vision of neglect from playwright Joe Hammond, offering an imaginative take on invisible young lives, Where the Mangrove Grows premiered at Theatre503, London, on 6 November 2012 in a co-production with Number Nine Theatre.

In 2012, Joe Hammond was invited onto the Royal Court Studio Writers' Group, having previously been one of 'The Fifty' - a prestigious BBC/Royal Court initiative that selected fifty of the UK's 'most exciting emerging playwrights' for development and industry mentoring. Prior to his debut London production at Theatre503 with Where the Mangrove Grows, he has also been the recipient of a Soho Theatre START residency and an Arts Council England-funded residency with award-winning Coventry theatre company, Theatre Absolute.