A new play about fish, fishing and a sustainable future comes to the Brighton Fringe!
Half a Cod a Day, a thought-provoking comedy by Brian Abbott, will be performing across the west & south of England throughout the end of April and start of May, culminating in a four day run at the Brighton Fringe Festival. Brian Abbott is a critically acclaimed playwright, who has written for BBC Radio, Lyric Hammersmith, Leicester Haymarket, Riverside Studios, Channel 4 and Steppenwolf (Chicago). For Parrabbola he has written seven large scale community plays.
Parrabbola is an award winning theatre company that works with communities in the UK and internationally to tell their stories through theatre.
Half a Cod a Day is based on the current state of the fishing industry as seen through the context of the Hastings fishing fleet - for whom half a cod was their 2013 daily catch quota - and this play is drawn from interviews with fishermen and their families, and the wider fishing community.
I feel like the sea’s my garden, look after her and she’ll look after you.
Ben – Hastings Fisherman
Half a Cod a Day explores the personal situations of fishermen today, through humour, song and individual anecdotes. With crippling quotas, fishing wars,super-trawlers and sustainability all very much in the news, this play is highly topical -what’s important is to get the story out there. But we don’t just want to tell one side of the story –we want to get the community talking about the issue, by including local contributions from fishermen, marine biologists,activists – it could also be a chance to air your views.
Oh and another thing. Fish is about eating. So we’ve written it into the storyline of the play, and we will be working with local sustainable fish suppliers to provide you with a fishy snack!
When it’s too late then people will think; 'Oh, we should have helped them!' But it’s too bloody late then. We’ve got to take the chance now, otherwise it will be gone.
John – Hastings fisherman
Half a Cod a Day will be presenting at the following fine establishments:The Stade Hall, Hastings, Wed 23rd April - Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, Mon 28th April - Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Tues 29th April - Brixham Theatre, Brixham, Thurs 1st May (All at 7.30pm) AND The Old Courtrooms, Brighton Thurs 8th to Sun 11th May at 9.15pm.