A HighTide production.

The water looks sort of angry, don’t it? Racing across the mud. Like it’s coming for us! Haven’t got long. We have to move soon.

On the muddy banks of the River Thames, downstream from the bright lights of London, three boys hide from the police after a night of recklessness. Over the course of the freezing night their fears, secrets and dreams emerge, collide and combust revealing the desperate frustration of lives barely led but already ravaged.

Essex-born Vickie Donoghue’s powerful debut exposes the culture she grew up with and sees on a daily basis. With brutal honesty she explores how the impulse to dream is futile in the context of a reality that has no space for dreamers. Mudlarks heralds the arrival of an urgent new voice in British theatre.

Mudlarks played at HighTide Festival, Theatre503, and Bush Theatre.

Cast & Creatives

  • Scott Hazel
  • James Marchant
  • Mike Noble
  • Vickie Donoghue Writer
    Vickie Donoghue is a playwright and writer for TV. Her debut full-length play, Mudlarks, was developed through HighTide’s Escalator Programme and produced by The Bush, following its premiere at the 2012 HighTide Festival. Her short play Weaklings was part of a programme of new plays at the Sheffield Crucible in June last year. Other plays by Vickie include Tender Loving Care (New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, 2014), Game Over (The Garage, Norwich; The Cut, Halesworth; both 2014) and Aperture (Live Lunch - Royal Court, 2015). For TV, she has worked with Kudos and is writing an original drama with the BBC in-house as part of their Drama Writers’ Scheme. She is an Associate Artist of The Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Vickie was longlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards as Most Promising New Playwright 2012 and in 2013 was shortlisted for the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award.
  • Richard Hammarton Sound Designer and Composer
  • Will Wrightson Director
  • Amy Cook Designer
  • Joshua Carr Lighting Designer