FISHSKIN TROUSERS

   

 

 


 


 

 "From that very first minute I sin 'im - strung upside down and howling - oh I certainly knew we had business all right"

Orford Museum presented a new play about Orford in St. Bartholomew's Church on Saturday 26th October. Inspired by the legend of the Wild Man of Orford and written by Elizabeth Kuti, the play was first presented as part of the RADA Festival earlier in 2013 before transferring to the Finborough Theatre in London from September 3rd to September 28th.

Using just the power of words and storytelling, Fishskin Trousers weaves together the haunting tales of three lost people from different eras, united by the common setting of the fishing village of Orford, its castle and its mysterious island, Orford Ness.

From the twelfth century, Mab gives an eye-witness account of the legendary Wild Man of Orford, caught in the nets of fishermen. Eight hundred years later, at the height of the Cold War, Ben, a young Australian scientist, hears strange noises on the Ness as he tries to fix the island's radar system. While Mog, in 2004, is faced with a heartbreaking decision.

Suffused by the landscape and traditional folk tales of East Anglia, their echoing voices and stories reveal how deeply and intimately their lives touch each other, though decades - and even centuries - separate them.

The performance of Fishskin Trousers in St. Bartholomew's Church featured the original London cast.

Thank you to everyone who made Fishskin Trousers so successful in Orford Church on Saturday 26th October. To everyone who helped to organise, everyone who helped promote the event, everyone who helped on the night and to everyone who paid to see the play. Not forgetting a thank you to the amazing cast and production team who made Mab, Mog and Ben come alive in St. Bartholomew's Church.

Your generosity helped us raise almost £1,000 for Orford Museum.