Nick Darke’s play ‘The Catch’ concerns the fishing community. In Padstow, Cornwall, two fishermen, suffering the effects of the EU quota system, are wondering how to supplement their income and naively decide to use their lobster pots to go in for a little extra-curricular drug smuggling. The dodgy local character with whom they are dealing is playing a double game with them, and also with the daughter of one of the fishermen.
Although the play is a comedy, topically post-Brexit it raises interesting issues about concerns and challenges faced by fishermen who feel that they have again been let down despite all the pre-Brexit talk of protecting them. It also raises issues about sustainability in the environment.
Nick, a Cornishman himself, wrote plays for the RSC, National Theatre, Royal Court, Court, Kneehigh and other companies. Not many among our audiences had heard of him; but feedback after our production of Landmarks in Autumn 2019 registered a chorus of “more Nick Darke, please!”