2019 Poetry People Website Background

In the early 1900s  Lowestoft’s fishing village – known locally as The Grit – was home to 2,300 people, three schools, churches, shops and 13 pubs. There was a strong sense of independence and community spirit among the often poor ‘Gritsters’. What made it such a special place to live and why did it disappear in the 1960s?


Using the words of his old friend Jack Rose as a guide, writer and poet Dean Parkin travels back in time to piece the story together. Meet no-nonsense fisherman, old Ned; Billy, a larger-than-life skipper during Lowestoft’s fishing boom; and Ruby (Billy’s  daughter), one of the tireless taskforce of women keeping the fishing industry afloat.


A surprising, tender, entertaining family show mixing stories and poems, films and songs.


Writer & Narrator : Dean Parkin

Composer & Pianist: Maurice Horhut

Cast: Sally-Ann Burnett, Tim FitzHigham, David Redgrave

Director: Alys Kihl of Wonderful Beast Theatre Company


The Pearls from The Grit touring show

visited the following venues in the autumn of 2018


SEPTEMBER 2018  7.30pm performance unless stated


Weds 26th  Seagull Theatre, Pakefield  (1.30pm & 7.30pm)


Thursday 27th  Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket


Friday 28th  The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth 


Tuesday 2nd  Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Wednesday 3rd  The Long Shop Museum, Leiston

Thursday 4th  Bethel Theatre, Lowestoft

Friday 5th  Bethel Theatre, Lowestoft

Saturday 6th  Christ Church Halls, Lowestoft


Such was the success and response for the show

that plans for another Pearls from The Grit tour,

in 2019, are currently being put together.