Dates and Times

Sat 2nd October at 6pm

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£8 (wip)

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Part of our Shape Of Things To Come night: featuring eye-catching works-in-progress alongside short but perfectly formed new shows.  Click here to view the full line-up. 

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Presented by Emer Morris and Fish Workers. In collaboration with Hannah Stephens, Polly Letitia Joy Rowley-Sams, Milla Harding and Bidi Iredale and Carly Jane Hutchison.

“You worked in threes. two gutted and one packed. Every girl that gutted had a gut tub…she flung her guts into it.” Annie Watt, Herring Worker

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 East Anglia, gutting 60 fish a minute. These self organised women crews Struck on issues of  pay and conditions – and won.

What can we learn from these legendary workers?

This Live Radio Play uses the testimony of fish workers past and present to delve into world fish work now and the future.


Supported by Arts Council England ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ Grant

Credit to the fish workers, and thanks to all the people who have shared their experience, stories, knowledge and time with us on this journey. To name a few:

Fisherman George Carter, Anne Coombes, Jacquie at Timespan, Margaret Richie, Ian Leith and  Wick Heritage, Joan and Nairn Museum, Anji and Paul in Lossiemouth, Gail and Norman in Buckie, Angela in North Shields, Deb in Whitby, Ray and Jerry in Hull, Nathan, Keith, Lee in Grimsby and many many more.


The company don’t believe there is any content to consider in this performance.


The company don’t believe there are any health warnings in this performance.

If you have any other questions or enquiries that are not covered here please do get in touch by emailing [email protected].

About the company

Emer participatory theatre maker, writer and cultural worker who explores collective responses to injustice.  Her practice is multidisciplinary: mixing Verbatim, devised performance, Theatre of the Oppressed, action research, public space interventions with community organising and human rights. Work is made in collaboration with people with direct experience and celebrates those who are part of it.

Hannah Stephens is a theatre maker, director, choreographer,  artist, performer from Cornwall.

Polly Letitia Joy Rowley-Sams is a musician, theatre maker, performer, gardener, and  builder from Newcastle.    Twitter: @emermarymorris      Instagram: followingthefishworkers Blog

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