England trembles in the grip of a devastating epidemic. But in a remote coastal village, quiet Derek waits for love and life to really begin. Then Lydia arrives. She burns brightly, beyond Derek’s wildest dreams. And she is hiding something.
When Derek discovers her secret, they are both propelled into a strange new world of conflicted desire and dangerous loyalties, where terrifying forces test their courage and humanity. But can love survive the fear inside?
‘Musgrave writes so beautifully: these intricate, intimate moments – psychological dances of persuasion, rivalry and cruelty. (whatsonstage)
Crushed Shells and Mud premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in October 2015.
It featured incredible performances by an astounding cast – ALEX LAWTHER (nominated for a whatsonstage award for his performance as Derek), HANNAH BRITLAND, ALEXANDER ARNOLD, SIMON LENAGAN, LAURA HOWARD, CLARE ALMOND. Stunning realised by a top-notch creative team headed by the director RUSSELL BOLAM. The designer was ELLAN PARRY, lighting designer RICHARD GODIN, sound designer RICHARD HAMMARTON, and casting director was GEORGIA FLEURY REYNOLDS.
The play was published by NICK HERN BOOKS.
It was produced by Caitlin Albery Beavan for Moya Productions and Nadezhda Zhelyazkova.
Here are some of the things that have been said about the play (I’ve selected things that focus on the writing, but there’s an abundance of praise for the outstanding, award-nominated performances and production to be found elsewhere).