Mugs Arrows Third Man Theatre
Mugs Arrows Third Man Theatre
Mugs Arrows Third Man Theatre
Mugs Arrows Third Man Theatre
Mugs Arrows Third Man Theatre

mugs' arrows

by eddie elks

A pub. Somewhere in the middle of England. Two locals return to see off an old friend. Throw a few darts. Drown their sorrows. Try to make sense of it all. Just your average night down the boozer. Or not...


“Just breathe...from the guts...just breathe. Cos nothing’s going to happen...”


Mugs' Arrows is a surreal black comedy that delves in to a world which is on the change. It explores the depths of the human psyche, love, loss, friendship and darts, leading to hilarious, strange and ultimately disturbing results. Just your average night out down the local then... Game On!




Sarah Polly Hughes/ Chiara Wilde

Pat  Rhys King / Patrick Molyneux

Ed  Eddie Elks

Simon  Patrick Molyneux/ Ross Townsend-Green




Writer Eddie Elks

Director Ken McClymont

Producer Tom Hackney

Lighting Design Chistopher Nairne

Set Design Ken McClymont

Sound Design James Freeman/ James Murray

Props Design Natasha Jenkins

Art Work Uncoated Design




"Eddie Elks (he of Botallack O'Clock) is one of the most distinctive voices around. So much to love about Mugs' Arrows... Basically, if anyone's going to write the next Withnail and I, it's Elks." Matt Trueman 

“Eddie Elks’ pub-set story of masculinity splintering against a fence-post is one of the smartest, funniest and most quotable plays in basically forever.” Stewart Pringle

"One of the best pieces of theatre that I've seen in years." Remote Goat ★★★★★


"Third Man Theatre have struck gold with Elks' Mugs' Arrows." The Stage


"Stunning performances... deeply satisfying." Exeunt Magazine ★★★★


"Frequently funny... a brilliantly bizarre nightmare... never less than compelling." Catherine Love, Whatsonstage


“Go see this show before it closes if cutting edge independent theatre is your thing." Everything Theatre ★★★★


"A thrilling theatrical roller-coaster - brilliantly acted, extremely funny, strangely moving and utterly, gut-wrenchingly, gripping."

Exeter Express and Echo


Named as one of Exeunt Magazine's SHOWS OF THE YEAR 2014 and in their critics' list of CANON OF GREATEST PLAYS.


Previous Shows



18th - 22nd March Nottingham Playhouse

27th - 28th March Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

30th - 31st March Pavillion Arts Centre, Buxton Opera House

1st - 3rd April Old Red Lion Theatre, London

4th April Derby Theatre

7th - 18th April Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Supported by Arts Council England



3rd - 21st June Old Red Lion Theatre, London



24th Sept - 12th Oct Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Supported by Arts Council England