Local arts organisation, Fable Arts, has been awarded a total of £8,750 funding from not one, but three funding bodies. Arts Council England’s Grants for Arts programme, Lancashire County Council’s First Bite Fund and Fylde Borough Council’s Community Projects Fund have all given their support to help the company develop a touring production of their new play, ‘ShrimpTown’, a drama set amidst the rise of Lytham’s shrimping industry.

The play, which is planned to tour around venues in Lancashire during 2017, will create employment opportunities for four artists with skills in scriptwriting, theatre direction and set design and will enable Fable Arts to engage new audiences in a key aspect of the Fylde’s history.

In addition, the funds will go towards the development of an outreach programme for 16-19 year olds in sixth form education across Lancashire, which will marry historical fact with personal first hand stories and memories of Lytham's shrimping heritage to illustrate the industry's rise and fall.

Writer, and Fable founder, Alexandra O'Toole and Director, Sarah Stone are keen for the play to be rooted as much in fact as it is in fiction. The duo, who have worked together once before on family play, The Shrimper’s Daughter at 2015’s Lytham Festival, will be working with Lytham Heritage Archive to determine a definitive history of Lytham’s shrimping industry. To assist them in this important research, they are calling out to the public of Lytham St. Annes and the wider Fylde area to help them as they gather memories and stories of life working in Lytham’s shrimping industry.

Alex O’Toole said, “By combining factual information with a fictional narrative, theatre and educational workshops, we hope to bring history to life and to engage new and younger audiences from across Lancashire in this important aspect of Fylde’s story. So if you are or, were, a shrimper, a picker, a wholesaler, or retailer of Lytham shrimpers, or you have connections with Lytham’s shrimping industry through a family member, we’d love for you to share your memories with us.”

A day of story sharing will take place at Fable Arts HQ, which is based at Lytham Hall, on Thursday 11th February 2016. If you would like to take part in the story sharing day, please get in touch with Alex O’Toole via email at alex@fablearts.org.uk or by telephone on 07854 951266.

If you would like to be involved in the project, but cannot make the story sharing day on 11th February 2016, please get in touch to make alternative arrangements to share your stories and memories.


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