New play MUCK to make London debut at Park Theatre in first Come What May Festival

MUCK 10 by Andi Sapey
MUCK. Photo by Andi Sapey

New play MUCK is to have its London debut this May at Park Theatre as part of the first Come What May Festival.

Written and performed by Gabriella Padula and Joseph Connolly, MUCK follows two siblings as they come together to clear their grandmother’s council flat following her death.


The piece, which previewed at Norwich Arts Centre in January and is directed by Olivier Award nominee Toby Clarke, will run at Park Theatre from 12 – 14 May.

It will be part of Come What May Festival which is presenting 16 shows over four weeks (2 – 28 May) in response to the cancellation of VAULT Festival 2022.

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’ 1950’s and 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.

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MUCK is the first production from Joseph Connolly and Gabriella Padula 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 première 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!”

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