Smoking Apples presents IN OUR HANDS

Smoking Apples presents IN OUR HANDS

The tale of a humble fisherman as he fights against the tangled nets of legislation, quota and big corporations and finds salvation in sardines. UK TOUR: 13th September to 13th October

Based on the true story of Stefan Glinski, a once struggling fisherman who came to change our fish consumption habits, Smoking Apples weave a story with puppetry and an original score to explain crippling EU legislation in trawler fishing that will be up for debate as Brexit negotiations continue. The quotas featured heavily in Nigel Farage's Leave.EU campaign, and led to frustratEd Fisherman rallying behind him in his much-mocked Thames cruise. In Our Hands now tours to large and rural venues across the country with the story of Alf, a once successful fisherman now being squeezed out of the market by the manipulation of EU quotas by large corporations.

Alf is a trawler fisherman whose experience, camaraderie and loyalty have put him and his boat at the top of the game. But times are changing and so is the industry. How will Alf adapt in order to survive? Following the journey of a fish from sea to plate, a seagull's ridiculous attempt to find food and a father and son's reunion, In Our Hands uses innovative puppetry and inventive staging to explain the tangled net of legislation that is the plight of small fishing businesses. From the depths of despair, Alf will rise again and rescue the life he loves.

In Our Hands has been developed both in London and Cornwall with the company undertaking extensive research in Newlyn, Penzance and St Ives. During this time, the company met Stefan Glinski, a fisherman who saw the potential in fishing sardines, adapted his boat to catch them and is almost single handedly responsible for their rise in popularity and the now hugely successful Cornish Sardine industry. Stefan's story inspired part of the narrative of In Our Hands.

With a dynamic set designed by Samuel Wyer (Alice's Adventures Underground, Les Enfants Terribles' The Trench, National Theatre's The Elephantom), Jo Walker's original score (Paper Cinema's The Odyssey) and Sherry Coenen's lighting design, In Our Hands explores the very real difficulties faced by the fishing industry, and those working within it, in a humorous, imaginative and visually stunning way.

Smoking Apples is a puppetry and visual theatre company that works with difficult, hard-to-digest subject matter. They create innovative shows, making their subjects enjoyable and accessible for audiences, combining puppets, live actors and a unique style of movement. In Our Hands is Smoking Apples' fifth original production. The company's previous show CELL, a collaboration with Dogfish theatre company, received critical acclaim including a Peter Brook Award 2014 nomination. CELL has undertaken two national tours, played to sold out crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 and this year has toured to Malaysia and Hong Kong. They are currently working on a new production, Flux, which will explore the nuclear science, radioactivity and the position of women working in science. Flux will premiere in Spring 2018.

13th September to 13th October

13 Sept Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes

Stantonbury, Milton Keynes MK14 6BN

7.30pm | £15 (£13 concs, £11 schools) | 01908 324466

14 Sept Norden Farm, Maidenhead

Altwood Rd, Maidenhead, West Berkshire SL6 4PF

7.30pm | £12 (£10 concs) | 01628 788997

15 Sept Cutty Sark, London

King William Walk, London SE10 9HT

8pm | £15 | 020 8312 6608

16 Sept Wells Maltings, Norfolk

The Maltings, Staithe St, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AU

3pm | £2.50 | 01328 710193

17 Sept Dreamland, Margate

49-51 Marine Terrace, Margate CT9 1X

2pm | £8 | 01843 295887

21 Sept The Quarry Theatre, Bedford

26 St Peters St, Bedford MK40 2NN

7.30pm | £12.50 (£10.50 concs) | 01234 362337

22 Sept The Garage, Norwich

14 Chapel Field N, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1NY

7.30pm | £15 (£8.50 concs) | 01603 598646

25 Sept The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS

8pm | £13.75 - £11.25 | 01227 787787

27 Sept The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

122a Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4HE

8pm | £12 (£11 U16s) | 01539 725133

28 Sept The Bay Theatre, Weymouth

Weymouth College, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7LQ

7.30pm | £11 (£9 concs) | 01305 208702

8 Oct Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare

Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1BE

2pm | £8 | 01934 626982

11 Oct Cornerstone Arts Centre, Oxford

25 Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NE

7.30pm | £12.50 (£10.50 concs, £10 members) | 01235 515144

13 Oct Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival

Trinity Theatre

Church Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1JP

78pm | £16 (£14 concs, £12 under 25's) | 01892 678678


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