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Pearls from the Grit

27 Sep 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Museum of East Anglian Life

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