Stories of the sea told in innovative puppet show

In Our Hands (photo by Richard Davenport)
In Our Hands (photo by Richard Davenport)
15 September 2017 12:20PM

CELEBRATED puppetry company Smoking Apples brings its acclaimed production In Our Hands to Cumbria next week.

The innovative puppet show, inspired by the true story of fisherman Stefan Glinksi, arrives at the Brewery Arts Centre, in Kendal, on Wednesday September 27.

Alf is a trawler fisherman whose experience, camaraderie and loyalty have put him and his boat at the top of the game. But times are changing and so is the industry. How will Alf adapt in order to survive?

Follow the journey of a fish from sea to plate, watch a seagull’s ridiculous attempt to find food and witness a father and son reunite. In Our Hands transports audiences out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the Catcher’s Fortune.

Using innovative puppetry and inventive staging, from mini seagulls to fish and chips, rolls of net and boats on sticks, join Alf as he journeys from the depths of despair to rise again and rescue the life he loves.

In Our Hands has been devised collaboratively by Smoking Apples, a celebrated puppetry and visual theatre company who specialise in developing accessible, enjoyable shows about challenging subject matter.

It explores the very real difficulties faced by the fishing industry, and those working within it, in a humorous, imaginative and visually stunning way.

The show has been developed both in London and Cornwall with the company undertaking extensive research in Newlyn, Penzance and St Ives. During this time, the company met Stefan Glinski, a fisherman who saw the potential in fishing sardines, adapted his boat to catch them and is almost single-handedly responsible for their rise in popularity and the now hugely successful Cornish sardine industry.

In Our Hands comes to the Brewery Arts Centre on September 27, at 8pm, and tickets are available from the venue's box office.

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