if I was gold almighty himself,
and destroyed this first attempt at life.
what would my second version be?
. . . a dead end of endless possibility.
A pedlar boy wakes up in a field somewhere in London, surrounded by the remnants of the night before. With no memory of how he has come to be there, he knows he must go back to the start in order to understand it all. His attempts to retrace events from the previous days lead him on a haunting jourbaney where everything comes into question: his life, his world, his future.
peddling is Harry Melling's remarkable debut play following a day in the life of a door-to-door salesman as he battles difficult questions and attempts to come to terms with the resulting truths.
peddling received its world premiere at Hightide Festival on 10 April 2014, performed by Harry Melling, before transferring to 59E59 Theatre, NY, for a four-week run. It was revived in 2015 by HighTide at the Arcola Theatre, London.
About the Author
Harry Melling began his career at eleven-years-old appearing in the Harry Potter films playing Dudley Dursley. He subsequently went on to train at LAMDA and has since appeared in productions such as Mother Courage and her Children and Women Beware Women (both National Theatre), School For Scandal (Barbican/Holland Festival), When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios), I Am A Camera (Southwark Playhouse), Smack Family Robinsons (Rose Theatre Kingston), and The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), King Lear at Chichester Festival/BAM, playing The Fool opposite Frank Langella's King Lear. Televison credits include Joe Mistry; Garrow's Law; Merlin; Just William and Friends and Crocodiles. peddling is the first play that he's written.