Mule was based on transcripts of interviews between Omnibus Associate Artist playwright Kat Woods and Patricia Devlin, the Irish journalist who first broke the story of the Peru Two in the UK. Mule premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, then toured to Northern Ireland after a run at Omnibus Theatre.
How does the seemingly innocent adventure of a summer spent in the party capital of the world spiral out of control and end locked up in a notoriously hard core South American prison?
Inspired by the events of the Peru Two, Mule explores the murky, hedonistic network of drug smuggling and it’s apparent female-isation. Award-winning Omnibus Associate Kat Woods explores the complex roles of victimhood, media spin and personal tragedy in a flawless two-hander. Delving into a dingy world of fake smiles and real tears, the web of characters involved grow and shrink in a mess of details, lies and carefully guarded truths.
Production dates: 3 – 29 August 2016 (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), 8 – 19 November 2016 (Omnibus Theatre), 4 – 8 May 2017 (Northern Ireland tour)
Writer and Director: Kat Woods
Producer: Felicity Paterson
Design Associate: Maren Sisterhenn
Video Design: Carrie Shearman
Sound Design: Bridget Mason
Critical reception and reviews
‘A neat, interleaved two-hander, as personal as it is political, that plumbs the depths of our society …superb, compelling performances’
★★★★★ The Stage
‘This is a thought provoking and engaging short play with a lot to say’
★★★★ West-End Wilma
‘Mule is a seriously great production from start to finish’
★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
★★★★ Edinburgh Fest Mag
★★★★ One 4 Review
★★★★ The National