Joel Horwood's play I Caught Crabs in Walberswick is a drama about teenage hopes, dreams and frustrations in rural East Anglia. It was first performed as part of the HighTide Festival 2008 at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk on 2 May 2008, in a co-production with Eastern Angles.
The production transferred to the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, on 1 August 2008, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and then toured from 3 September to 11 October 2008. It transferred to The Bush Theatre, London, on 11 November 2008.
The play is set on a sweltering summer's day in Walberswick, a sleepy Suffolk village known for hosting the British Open Crabbing Championship. Fitz and Wheeler are two sixteen-year-old boys from nearby Reydon who ought to be revising for their last GCSE exams, but instead have gone crabbing. Wheeler is a high-flying comprehensive kid destined for university, while football-mad Fitz is struggling to cope with his dysfunctional father and his schoolwork. They are ambushed by Dani, the most desirable girl on the beach. So begins a crazy twenty-four hours that will change the lives of the three sixteen-year-olds forever.
The premiere production at HighTide was directed by Lucy Kerbel and designed by takis. It was performed by Joseph Arkley (as Fitz), David Hartley (as Wheeler), Matti Houghton (as Dani), Paul Trussell and Judith Scott.