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The Freshwater Five

The Freshwater Five

11 Apr–12 Apr 2023

The Lab

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Tue 11 Apr
8:00 pm
Wed 12 Apr
8:00 pm
2000X700 (AIS) Freshwater Five TRP (1)

In 2011, five fishermen on the Isle of Wight (Jamie Green, Jon Beere, Daniel Payne, Scott Birtwistle & Zoran Dresic) were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always professed their innocence.

Inspired by the wildly popular Guardian Today in Focus 6-part podcast series of the same name, Liam Patrick Harrison’s stageplay, produced by the award-winning production company Deadman (Artistic Director Samuel Bossman), launches a detailed and rich theatrical investigation into the men’s tragic downfall.

Through spectacular storytelling, verbatim accounts, inventive stagecraft, poetry and song, the South Coast cast delves into subjects of classical & contemporary smuggling, deteriorating coastal communities, immigration and folklore interwoven through this ancient profession.

Deadman is an award-winning Working / Precarious Class-led theatre & film company who’s work has been presented on stages across the South Coast as well as international film festivals. The company and ensemble are dedicated to staging contemporary & captivating local narratives – for and from Britain’s unheard and underserved coastal communities.

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Running time:
60-70 mins approx

Age guideline: