A play celebrating the heyday of the herring industry is heading to Lynn Arts Centre this week as part of a pioneering national tour.
Get Up and Tie Your Fingers is inspired by herring girls who followed the fleets from port to port, gutting, salting and barrelling the fish and will be performed tonight and tomorrow.
The play, written by Ann Coburn, takes its name from the women’s habit of binding their hands to protect them against knife cuts and is set against the Eyemouth fishing disaster of 1881, when 189 fishermen died in a severe storm and 20 boats were lost.
During the performances, a community choir will join the professional cast.
Get Up and Tie Your Fingers is part of Follow the Herring; a project of performance, song and visual arts, which also features an exhibition entitled Coat for a Boat.
Tickets for Get Up and Tie Your Fingers, at 2pm and 7.30pm tonight and again tomorrow, cost £10 and are available from the box office on 01553 779095.