GUTS is a multimedia theatre project focused on uncovering and celebrating fishworkers and the communities they come from in the past and present and future. Using verbatim, audio history, participation action research, song, radio play this project seeks out the untold stories of people involved in fishwork up and down the east coast of the UK. See Below for audio pieces produced so far in development: Following the Fish Workers GUTS: Live Radio Play Fishworkers on COP
SIT BACK: I’m giving you a backie on my bike Tina from the Shetlands down to Great Yarmouth Following the Fish Workers.. 1700 km over 1 month, This is a little taster of rich journey and fantastic people.
PODCAST CREDITS: Featuring in order: Polly Rowley Sams (Singing) Come on ye Fisher Lassies by Ewan McColl. Jimmy Laurewson - Unst. Gannets at Muckle Flugga, Unst. John Morrison reading Poem For Da Gutters, Lerwick, Shetland. Fisherman George Carter, Lybster (Wick) Anne Coombes, Dornoch, Highlands Anji Hancock and Paul, Lossiemouth Gail, Buckie. Margaret Ritchie, Edinburgh. Angela, Fishmonger at Phil’s Plaice, Northshields. Jerry, Hull Fishing Heritage Centre, Hull. The Criterion Pub, Hull. Nathan Premier Seafoods, Grimsby Lowestoft Wind Turbine.
GUTS A LIVE RADIO PLAY (WIP)
During the Herring Boom of the early 20th century up to 10,000 Herring Workers / Fesh Quines / Herring Lassies / Gutters travelled the herring ports of the east coast, from the Shetlands and the Highlands all the way to Great Yarmouth. These self-organised women crews had a strong history of social action, striking on issues of pay and conditions – and won.
What can we learn from the actions of these legendary workers?
GUTS: WIP Live Radio Play recorded on Saturday 2nd October 2021 at Camden People's Theatre London, as part of the Shape of Things To Come in front of a live audience.
Feedback This is a first reading of some material. This is early stage work in progress. Your thoughts and feedback for project development in 2022 is welcome! Feedback form here: https://forms.gle/XGsdPuiqQm1dvemV9.