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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

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TOUR DATES & TICKETS  £6.50, under 16s £4

 

SEPTEMBER 2018  7.30pm performance unless stated

 

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

 

01502 589726  / book at Theatre Box Office or online 

 

 

Thursday 27th  Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

 

01449 676800 / book at Tourist Information Centre  or online

 

 

Friday 28th  The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth 

 

0300 303 3211  book at Cut Box Office  or online

OCTOBER 2018

Tuesday 2nd  Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

01473 603388 / book at Theatre Box Office or online  

 

Wednesday 3rd  The Long Shop Museum, Leiston

01728 832189 / book at the Museum or online 

 

Thursday 4th  Bethel Theatre, Lowestoft

01502 533200 / book at Marina Theatre Box Office or online

 

Friday 5th  Bethel Theatre, Lowestoft

01502 533200 / book at Marina Theatre Box Office or online

 

Saturday 6th  Christ Church Halls, Lowestoft

01502 533200 / book at Marina Theatre Box Office or online  

PEARLS FROM THE GRIT touring show