Are you able to help us?
A year ago we were within days of receiving news of an Arts Council grant when everything stopped. Following last year’s COVID cancelled tour of The Catch by Nick Darke we have decided to take the plunge and plan to tour the play a year late but, although we are applying again, in the current climate Arts Council grants are difficult to secure.
A resurgence of Covid might halt things in their tracks, but we have high hopes that, in view of the success of the vaccination programme, we shall go ahead.

Can you help us by coming to see one of our performances this autumn (provisional places and dates at otherlives.org.uk/blogor by making us a small donation to tide us over the rehearsal period (or both!)? If the latter, please reply to this email and I’ll send you our bank details.

Notwithstanding that Nick wrote plays for the RSC, National Theatre, Royal Court, Kneehigh and other companies, not many among our audiences had heard of him; but our feedback after Landmarks in Autumn 2019 heard a chorus of “more Nick Darke, please!”
His play ‘The Catch’ concerns the fishing community. In Padstow, Cornwall, two fishermen, suffering the effects of the EU quota system, are wondering how to supplement their income and naively decide to use their lobster pots to go in for a little extra-curricular drug smuggling. The dodgy local character with whom they are dealing is playing a double game with them, and also with the daughter of one of the fishermen.
 
Although the play is a comedy, topically post-Brexit it raises interesting issues about concerns and challenges faced by fishermen who feel that they have again been let down despite all the pre-Brexit talk of protecting them. It also raises issues about sustainability in the environment.

Please support us if you can.

Editor’s Note: A full list of the performance venues and dates can be found on their website at :  otherlives.org.uk/blog

Posted on: 9, March, 2021 | Author: editor
Categories: Art

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