In 2011, five fishermen on the Isle of Wight (Jamie Green, Jon Beere, Daniel Payne, Scott Birtwistle & Zoran Dresic) were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always professed their innocence.
Inspired by the wildly popular Guardian Today in Focus 6-part podcast series of the same name, Liam Patrick Harrison’s stageplay, produced by the award-winning production company Deadman (Artistic Director Samuel Bossman), launches a detailed and rich theatrical investigation into the men’s tragic downfall.
Through spectacular storytelling, verbatim accounts, inventive stagecraft, poetry and song, the South Coast cast delves into subjects of classical & contemporary smuggling, deteriorating coastal communities, immigration and folklore interwoven through this ancient profession.
Deadman is an award-winning Working / Precarious Class-led theatre & film company whose work has been presented on stages across the South Coast as well as international film festivals. The company and ensemble are dedicated to staging contemporary & captivating local narratives – for and from Britain’s unheard and underserved coastal communities.
Lesley Hull (@lellyhull)
Roy Scintei (@royscintei)
William Hastings (@williamhastingsuk)
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Artistic Director: Samuel Bossman
Writer: Liam Patrick Harrison (@liampatrickharrison)
Director: Becks Granger
Sound Designer: Kalle Jurvanen (@carlodzei)
Lighting Designer: Jack Hathaway (@jhaffers)
Set Designer: Paula Chitty
Music Director: Laryssa Schoeck
Stage Manager: Becky North
Graphic Designer: Megan Siggers (@meg.s.designs)
Photography/Videography: Charlie Price (@charliepr1ce)
Assistant Producer: Alice Humphreys (@alice_humphreys_)