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
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
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
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