Booby’s Bay

A passionate, comic fable about the housing crisis and a maverick’s mission to turn the tide - a new play by Henry Darke supported by Bristol Old Vic and The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation

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  • Thursday, 1st March 2018
  • Friday, 2nd March 2018
  • Saturday, 3rd March 2018
1st Mar - 3rd Mar
8pm (plus 2pm on Saturday) | £10 (£8 conc.)

“I’m untameable. Like the wind. Or Heathcliff. Or Bruce Springsteen during his Nebraska period. The Beast Of Booby’s Bay.”

Above a secluded cove in Cornwall, Huck, a former fisherman, is holed up in an empty second home. The holiday season is fast approaching – the sharks are coming. As Booby’s Bay gets busy for the annual surfing competition Huck wants to shake things up, even if no one’s listening. He’s going to make a stand.

BOOBY’S BAY is Henry Darke’s first full-length play; directed by Chris White and produced by Alison Holder. Following its run at The Wardrobe Theatre there will be performances in a holiday home in Cornwall.

“This film is so good. Angry, scruffy, vital”.
Tim Robey, The Telegraph, on Darke’s BAFTA shortlisted ‘Big Mouth’.

“Genuinely affecting… an excellent piece”.
★★★★★ Eye For Film on Darke’s Channel 4 drama ‘Hooked’

Playwright Henry Darke trained on the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers’ Programme and his one-act play ‘Highfliers’ was selected for The Royal Court Theatre Young Playwrights Season. He was selected for ‘The Royal Court 50’ Most Promising Playwrights in the UK by the Drum Theatre, Plymouth, and is currently writing his second and third full-length plays, ‘Chippy’, set in Padstow; and ‘Service’, set in London. ‘Booby’s Bay’ initially appeared in Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and was subsequently developed by Bristol Old Vic through their scheme ‘The Open Session’, which supports talented play writing voices from the South West. His award-winning short film ‘Big Mouth’ won Encounters Film Festival and was shortlisted for a BAFTA. He also directed Channel 4 Coming Up single drama ‘Hooked’. He is a member of BBC Writersroom’s Drama Room 2017.

Supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding.

Photo credit: Andy Lo Pó

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