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 Pears 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
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.
PEARLS FROM THE GRIT touring show