Using the power of words and storytelling, Fishskin Trousers weaves together the haunting tales of three lost people from different eras, united by the mysteries of the island of Orford Ness.
From the twelfth century, Mab gives an eye-witness account of the legendary Wild Man of Orford, caught in the nets of fishermen. Eight hundred years later, at the height of the Cold War, Ben, a young Australian scientist, hears strange noises on the Ness as he tries to fix the island’s radar system. While local teacher Mog, in 2004, is compelled home to Orford when struck with a terrible dilemma.
“I found myself totally immersed in these shimmering, fishy tales from the depths of time and human experience” – Guardian ★★★★
“A fascinating and lyrical piece of writing” – Time Out ★★★★
“The use of language is outstanding – the script is rich, with every single word glowing in a different hue” – The Upcoming ★★★★
“… each of the three actors give vivid performances, rolling with the waves of the words” – The Stage
“Completely absorbing” – Exeunt
“An intriguing play that should not be missed” – UK Theatreland
Suffused by the landscape and traditional folk tales of East Anglia, these echoing voices intertwine to reveal how the stories of human lives connect in the most surprising and intimate ways, though decades – and even centuries – separate them.
Brett Brown, Jessica Carroll and Eva Traynor star in Elizabeth Kuti’s mesmerising evening of interlinked monologues, previously seen to critical acclaim at London’s Finborough Theatre. The Metal Rabbit production, directed by Robert Price, returns for this limited season at the Park Theatre.
For the Fishskin Trousers Q&A after the evening performance on Thursday 26 October 2017, I’ll be joined by the cast, as well as writer Elizabeth Kuti, director Robert Price and a very special guest, Jules Pretty, author of The East Country, The Luminous Coast and The Edge of Extinction, and Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex.