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Tour to showcase most easterly fishing village

PUBLISHED: 14:31 30 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:31 30 October 2019

Pearls from The Grit is set to reach fresh audiences with a packed two-week tour in November. 
The newly-extended show will deliver 16 performances in 11 venues across Suffolk and, for the first time, into Norfolk. Picture: Poetry People

Pearls from The Grit is set to reach fresh audiences with a packed two-week tour in November. The newly-extended show will deliver 16 performances in 11 venues across Suffolk and, for the first time, into Norfolk. Picture: Poetry People

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New scenes and new songs will form part of a new tour, as the most easterly fishing village is set to rise again.

Pearls from The Grit, by Suffolk writer Dean Parkin, is set to reach fresh audiences with a packed two-week tour in November.

The newly-extended show will deliver 16 performances in 11 venues across Suffolk and, for the first time, into Norfolk.

Produced by Poetry People, this entertaining, tender and surprising show brings to life heroes and heroines from the heyday of East Anglia's herring fishing industry.

Set in Lowestoft's lost fishing village - known as The Grit - Pearls from The Grit mixes stories and poems, songs and film,

After last autumn's pilot performances were hailed a success, an Arts Council England National Lottery grant is enabling the show to reach new communities and venues from next month.

Mr Parkin said: "I'm so excited to be following in Jack Rose's footsteps and bringing Pearls from The Grit to the Marina Theatre where Jack had so many memorable sell-out performances.

"It's a bigger show now - I've written new scenes, new songs and a whole new character.

"Last year audiences were amazing, and I hope they'll love it even more in 2019.

"The Grit is a really special subject, close to my heart.

"It's marvellous to bring Gritsters to life in their own words, and to hear the authentic local accent on stage captivating audiences."

The 70-minute show opens on Saturday, November 2 at the Suffolk Herring Festival at The Cut in Halesworth, followed by the Two Sisters Arts Centre (Felixstowe), Jubilee Hall (Aldeburgh), Marina Theatre (Lowestoft), Westacre Theatre, Beccles Public Hall, St George's Guildhall (Kings Lynn), Seagull Theatre (Pakefield), Wells Maltings (Wells-Next-The-Sea), St George's Theatre (Great Yarmouth) and closing at Southwold Arts Centre.

Tickets are priced between £12 and £8.

The tour includes three schools-only matinées - in Lowestoft, King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth - aimed at engaging a new generation with their rich maritime tradition.

Visit www.poetrypeople.co.uk for ticketing information or call 01986 872033.

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