The latest offering from Peterbough regulars Eastern Angles, is billed as “a tale of sex, boat-building and bivalve molluscs”.
The follow up to recent Key Theatre hit The Mystery of St Finigan’s Elbow, Oysters 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 in 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 50 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 www.pioneersailingtrust.org.uk
You can see Oysters on April 17 at St John’s Hall on Mayor’s Walk, at 7:30pm, Tickets cost £13 (£12concs) from 01473 211498 or www.easternangles.co.uk