We’re over the moon that our play, The Shrimper’s Daughter, has been awarded funding from not one, but two funding bodies. Both Arts Council England’s Grants for Arts programme and Lancashire County Council’s First Bite Fund have given their support to help us develop a touring production of the play around Lancashire during late 2016 / early 2017.
The project will create employment opportunities for four artists with skills in scriptwriting, theatre direction and set design and will enable us to develop a piece of existing work to engage new audiences in a key aspect of the Fylde’s history.
The Shrimper’s Daughter was originally performed at 2015's Lytham Festival of Stories and was aimed at a family audience, who entered our underwater world to hear the story of how a lowly Lytham shrimper’s daughter became a princess.
The new touring production of The Shrimper's Daughter, however, is going to be aimed an older audience and will be rooted as much in fact as it is in fiction, enabling us to delve much deeper into the play’s themes of poverty and loss and to explore in far greater detail the story of Lytham's shrimpers against the development of Lytham St. Annes.
Whilst writer, Alexandra O'Toole and Director, Sarah Stone, will spend the next few months working with local shrimping families to help them re-write and re-work the script before play goes on the road, we’ll be working with Lytham Heritage Archive to determine a definitive history of Lytham’s shrimping industry and to develop their existing archive resources about Lytham shrimper’s with current memories, stories and documentation.
In addition, we’ll be developing 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.
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.
If you have connections with Lytham’s shrimping industry, whether directly, or through family members, as a supplier of equipment, or as a retailer of Lytham shrimps and would like to be involved in this project, please get in touch with Alex O’Toole via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07854 951266.