Peddling

Written and performed by Harry Melling and directed by Steven Atkinson, Peddling is an incredibly intimate piece of theatre that will draw you right in, despite the thin piece of gauze that separates the life of the ‘Boy’ from you. Going door to door and attempting to sell his wares under the guise of a Boris Johnson scheme for young offenders, Peddling is about youth lost in modern London. We see a multitude of people answer their doors, endless streets, parks, the city, all seeming to appear before our eyes through Melling’s wonderful and flowing command of language.

With the feel of performance poetry but never too much of a gimmick in its style, the blend of south London dialect and poetic imagery meshes well together, enveloping the increasingly frantic young man we see on stage. Melling appears unrecognisable from his Harry Potter days, a boring cliché about anyone from the franchise but true all the same. His command of the space is impressive, for an actor so young and with such pace being maintained throughout.

A lone telegraph pole stands centre stage, strung up with lights which act as the people answering the door to him as he performs his spiel, using a portable PA system to distinguish his voice from theirs, a simple but clever device.

A piece of theatre that never feels too caught up in its depth and knows perfectly when to stop, peddling showcases an interesting talent in Harry Melling. One to watch, as he continues to peddle his wares.

Peddling is at Arcola Theatre until 28th March. Get tickets here

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Sian’s radio recommendation of the week: Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better

You have two days left to listen to the last episode of an anarchic comedy show starring Mark Watson alongside two of my favourite Tim’s – Key and Minchin. Mark Watson (from bloody long stand up for comic relief fame) has a moan about each of the seven deadly sins in order to make the world (substantially) better.  During this he is joined by poet Tim Key and musician Tim Minchin, who provide artistic support and guide the audience through the sometimes confusing world that is Mark Watson’s mind.

Listen to it here and if you like it then there are a few places online you can stream the whole series. I suggest you do cause it’s fab.