2017 Red Herring Festival Logo

Sat 28 October & Sunday 29 October 2017

The Cut, 8 New Cut, Halesworth IP19 8BY

 

Celebrating the herring

as a vibrant part of Suffolk's heritage

SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER

ALL EVENTS FREE UNLESS INDICATED

 

11.00am–1.00pm MONOPRINTING HERRING (concourse)

Drop by and join in. Fish prints with artist Kasia Posen (for all the family).

 

11.00–11.15am POETRY & PICTURES (theatre)

Cut Loose Poets present newly written poems prompted by old photos of the people who worked in the Lowestoft fishing industry.

 

11.30am–Noon TALK: IS THE HERRING STILL KING OF THE SEA?

(theatre)

Colin Bannister, Emeritus scientist of Lowestoft’s CEFAS Laboratory, on overfishing in the herring industry and the effects of climate change.

 

12.30–12.45pm FILM: DRIFTING (theatre)

How the herring was caught. Rare archive footage narrated by Colin Dixon from the Lowestoft & East Suffolk Maritime Museum.

 

12.30–12.45pm  SONGS FROM THE SEA (concourse)

 

1.00–1.30pm OXBLOOD MOLLY DANCERS (theatre)

The flamboyant dancers in red and black keep the ‘molly’ tradition alive.  

 

1.40–1.55pm SONGS FROM THE SEA (concourse)

 

2.00–2.30pm TALK: HOT HEADS & WARM HEARTS (theatre)

The lives of the fishing communities were hard but their lives rich in love, passion and romance. Lively stories from author Dorothy Stewart.

 

3.00–4.00pm PLAY: RETURN OF THE WILDMAN TICKETS: £5

A retelling of the Orford legend with the Wildman still very much alive. Produced by Wonderful Beast Theatre Company, performed by Martin Bonger, music by Sylvia Hallett. Written by Thea Smiley.

SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER

ALL EVENTS FREE UNLESS INDICATED

 

11.00–11.20am  FILM: HERRING HARVEST (theatre)

Two trips aboard a Lowestoft drifter, filmed in 1930.

 

11.00am–1.00pm FISH WEAVING (concourse)

Drop by and join Jenny Nutbeem to make willow fish with a herringbone weave of recycled material (for all the family).

 

11.30am–Noon TALK: THE GRIT (theatre)

Dean Parkin revisits The Grit, the local bestseller he co-wrote, sharing the characters and oral history of Lowestoft’s almost forgotten fishing village.

 

12.10–12.25pm FILM: DRIFTING (theatre)

 

12.10–12.25pm SONGS FROM THE SEA (concourse)

 

12.30–1.00pm TALK: A HOME FOR HERRING & ITS HISTORY (theatre) Colin Dixon on how Lowestoft was shaped by the herring industry and the Maritime Museum’s ongoing quest to celebrate this heritage.

 

1.10–1.25pm SONGS FROM THE SEA (concourse)

 

1.30–2.30pm MUSIC: JOHN WARD TRIO  TICKETS: £5  (theatre)

Led by ever-accomplished songwriter and guitarist John Ward, his    cracking trio perform songs from his albums East of The Sunrise and        Sargasso, plus a selection of traditional tunes.

 

3.00–4.00pm PLAY: RETURN OF THE WILDMAN

                                                                  TICKETS: £5  (theatre)

A second performance of Wonderful Beast’s latest production retelling the enduring local legend of the Wildman of Orford.