Following it’s debut at Norwich Arts Centre in January, MUCK has been selected to have its London premiere at the first Come What May Festival at Park Theatre, 12-14 May 2022.
MUCK is the creation of FenCity Players, a new London/East of England theatre company committed to making socially significant work. It is directed by Olivier Award nominated Toby Clarke (Warheads), commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre and produced by LJ Hope Productions.
Against the backdrop of a tough London estate, as a drug dealing former lover prowls and the debt collector is at the door, two siblings come together to clear their cantankerous nan’s council flat following her death. Tensions mount and old wounds that haven’t quite healed open, yet the brother and sister’s obvious affection for each other offers hope for the future.
Sharing a DNA and style with hard hitting ‘kitchen sink’ 60’s dramas, this is a gritty, raw production that nevertheless revels in a significant element of dark and dirty humour.
Set in 2011 just as gentrification begins to affect long term residents of the White City Estate, Shepherd’s Bush, MUCK pulls no punches in its exploration of loss, love, redemption, loyalty, suppression, poverty, graft and ultimate survival. The pull of family takes George and Kelly to the last place on earth they really want to be, yet the only place where they can find solutions.
Written and performed by Joseph Connolly and Gabriella Padula, MUCK is their first production as FenCity Players.
Gabriella said ‘We met at university and discovered a mutual admiration for gritty working class drama, so decided to write our own. With MUCK we set out to create a play that is relevant to people, something that understands their real lives and to be chosen to perform the London premiére at Come What May Festival is perfect’.
Joseph added ‘The siblings have to cope with their own concerns and mixed emotions as they deal with the loss of their nan and issues around the tenancy of the flat, which has also been Kelly’s home – something that will resonate with many in London!’
They will be performing on Thursday 12 May 2.30pm, Friday 13 May 7pm and Sat 14 May 2.30pm and 8.30pm