When Deddy and Winchem, two fishermen from a starving village on the rural English coast, catch the biggest haul they’ve ever seen, they believe their prayers have been answered. But on top of the catch sits an ill omen; gasping and flopping, the inside-out blood fish. The fisherfolk legends are very clear: the whole catch is cursed, and must be thrown back to the sea, or else face the consequences…
A series of interconnected shorts, Red Herring is the darkly comic tale of a village under siege by all manner of ocean spirits and sea monsters, taken from famous fables and local legends. A story of how the everyday survives in the face of the supernatural, and how communities stand stubbornly steadfast against waves of change.
Written, devised, and performed by
and GEORGE RONAYNE.
Red Herring was first developed as part of the November Scratch Night at The Garage, Norwich, in November 2018. We continued to develop the piece and have performed it at our own scratch night at the Deptford Does Art Gallery in London in March of 2019.