by Michael McLean
directed by Tyne Rafaeli
THE OBSERVER - Winner of Best Double Act THE BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ★★★★
The much anticipated new work from the promising and highly praised Liverpudlian writer, Michael McLean, The Ducks premiered at Pleasance Edinburgh 2011. Directed by New York-based Tyne Rafaeli (Brief Hours & Weeks, Gene Frankel Theatre (New York), Miss Julie Crisp, Soho Theatre) and starring Dean Ashton (RSC, Out of Joint, Coronation Street) Tom Morrisson (History Boys - National Theatre, Monroe - ITV)
As UK youth unemployment reaches the million mark, The Ducks presents a darkly comic look at the potential consequences of leaving two jobless young men alone to their own devices. Plagued by miscommunication and fuelled by loss, lonliness and beer, the evolving power struggle threatens to unravel their fragile connection with horrific consequences. A fast paced, one act, dark comedy set in Northern England. From fast-rising young writer Michael McLean (Royal Court, Paines Plough, Liverpool Everyman).
The world premiere of The Ducks was presented in association with prominent charities, The Amber Foundation and Project Scotland who strive to support jobless young adults and heighten awareness of the nation's youth unemployment problem.
For more information please visit http://www.duckstheplay.co.uk
THE OBSERVER - Winner of Best Double Act
"Dean Ashton and Thomas Morrisson...played for some great laughs, but gradually evolved into something more sinister, with Michael Mclean's confident, spare script supplemented by the intricate language of glances and pauses shared between the two men. Brilliant."
THE BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ★★★★
"A fantastically restrained, absorbing, revealing piece...Mclean's superb script revels in the undercurrent of absurdity present in everyday life...well worth catching."
"Mclean's script ensures that everything enthralls...Dean Ashton and Thomas Morrisson are hugely watchable..."
"Mclean's new play is potentially one of the most interesting on the 2011 fringe...features some very fine acting...pulsates with talent..."