"Deliciously dark, nerve wracking theatre"
by Eleni Young for remotegoat on 12/06/14

Let’s be honest, the title doesn’t really give it away does it? The plot that is. It’s only through piecing together the three main characters conversations and, to an extent, what is not said, that you really get to the heart of the characters and the situation presented to you.
Performed at the Old Red Lion in Angel, you could not get a better space for this performance, and I’m not just talking in terms of setting (set in a pub, performed in a pub). The dangerously tense atmosphere created by each of the performers is enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and clutching the person next to you for dear life (whether you know them or not).
To explain the plot of this wickedly dark, humorous and suspense filled performance is like trying to explain the meaning of life. The beautiful intricacies of the characters lives played by Eddie Elks, Rhys King and Chiara Wilde versus the explosion of raw emotion, puts you right in the middle of the action. The cast do not interact with the audience by any means, but the sheer atmosphere created and the close proximity makes the audience more of a ‘fly on the wall’ opposed to watching a performance as you would the TV, separated from the action.
As the performance begins, we’re introduced to two friends, Pat and Ed, finishing a night of celebration with a game of darts. A whole history of each character is slowly revealed to the audience through conversation and reminiscing. The chemistry between Pat (Rhys King) and Ed (Eddie Elks) is delightful, able to anticipate what each one will say or do, how one will help the other and even what is going to touch the others nerve. Enter Sarah (Chiara Wilde) the innocent and playful newly wed… drinks, darts and clever conversation, the night plays out none to innocently, and no, it’s not what you’d expect. Far from it. I won’t divulge any more, it really would spoil it for you.
Ingeniously written and creatively directed, Mugs Arrows is comedic, touching and unbelievably chilling. Mugs Arrows is not your average play, nor is it your average piece of new writing, and rightly so. I can easily say that this is one of the best pieces of theatre that I have seen in years. Provocative and tense, I walked away thinking “I loved that. But what the hell was it?!” in a good way of course.

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