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Ploughing The Salt Sea


Approximate running time 75 minutes, no interval.

Ploughing The Salt Sea is a solo autobiographical music theatre show, drawing on Bev Lee Harling’s recently discovered rich heritage of centuries old, fishing family roots in Hastings. The narrative, drawn from the suds of the Old Town Wash House, told through the eyes of the overlooked women, seeks to rewrite their stories of boats lost at sea and local life, back into our current consciousness through original and traditional folk song.

While the obvious themes are fishing-community related, the show also connects universally to women, secrecy, loss and finding your own voice.

Following each performance, the audience are invited to join a reflective, post show, community conversation with Bev, guided by Dr. Mo Cohen. This is our opportunity to come together and get to the heart of the experience we just shared.

Written and performed by Bev Lee Harling.

Directed by Dr. Mo Cohen

Sound Design: Frank Moon

Set, Video & Costume Design: Simon Daw

Choreography: Arthur Pita

Lighting Design: Jonathan Richardson

Producer: Mae Dewsbery

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