Get Up and Tie Your Fingers

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'Get Up And Tie Your Fingers', originally written by Ann Coburn as a play for three actresses, is a fiction set against a real event, the Eyemouth Fishing Disaster of 1881. Women from fishing communities along the east coast of Scotland and England, the 'herring lassies' as they were known, would follow the herring fleets down the coast to meet the catch at each port of call. With knives at the ready, they gutted, salted, and barreled the 'silver darlings', the bountiful herring that were destined for markets across the world.

Echoing the journey of the herring lassies, the production took the story of three such women - Jean, Janet, and young Molly - back to the communities from which they sprang and gave members of those communities the opportunity to create and participate in a piece of theatre alongside a professional production team.

Performance venues and dates:
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh 8 - 9 May 2014
Village Hall, Cocksburnspath 13 May 2014
The Maltings Theatre, Berwick 16 May 2014
The Customs House, South Shields 21 - 24 May 2014
Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool 5 - 7 June 2014
Hull Truck Theatre, Hull 18 - 21 June 2014
Grimsby Minster, Grimsby 26 - 28 June 2014
Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Kings Lynn 30 - 31 May 2014
St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth 2 - 5 July 2014
Margate Theatre, Royal Margate 17 - 19 July 2014
Folkestone Quarterhouse, Folkestone 25 - 26 July 2014
The Stade, Hastings 31 July - 1 August 2014
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2014
EventGet Up and Tie Your Fingers: 2014 tour - Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 May 20149 May 2014


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