Posted on February 18, 2015
Eastern Angles at Orford Town Hall
Eastern Angles are known for creating theatre work with a local flavour.
Oysters is a new touring theatre production from Eastern Angles, which is coming to Orford Town Hall on Friday 27th March at 7.30pm
The play is written and directed by Eastern Angles’ Artistic Director, Ivan Cutting. Combining local fact and contemporary storytelling, this new play captures the soul of an ancient East Anglian industry, celebrating and preserving the past by putting it on stage. Focusing on the restoration of an Essex Oyster Smack, the show incorporates oral history accounts of boatbuilding and Oyster cultivation with the fictional story of an Essex boat builder and his intriguing family back-story.
The main character, Mo has just turned fifty and is busy restoring an oyster dredger recovered from an Essex riverbed. Helping him bring the boat back to life is Angie, a young apprentice with a chip on her shoulder. Also in the frame are Kasey, an intern from the local university, Pamela, the formidable fundraiser in charge of the restoration project and the mystical Pearl, an ‘Earth Mother’ with a potent story to tell. When a piece of Mo’s beloved dredger goes missing their lives are up-ended and the past floats to the surface.
Oysters has been researched and developed as part of the Pioneer Sailing Trust Land and Sea project, which is focused on restoring the 1893 Oyster Smack Priscilla.
Tickets are £8 each and are available from Friends Garage in Orford, or from the Town Hall office (tel 01394 459172).