18th August 2018
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Fisherman’s story explores themes of mental health

An award-winning theatre company is bringing its latest show to Lerwick next month.

Fisk will be staged at Mareel with a performance that promises to combine the aesthetics of Nordic and Scottish seascapes and centres around images of a fisherman, fish and the sea.

Fisk explores themes of mental health. Photo: Jans Peter Egedal

It is co-produced by Danish group Teater Katapult and Edinburgh-based Tortoise in a Nutshell and explores themes of mental health.

The story focuses on a man, in despair, heading out to sea in a tiny boat, tossed through rolling waves and thundering storms, where he prepares to leap into the briny depths.

But before he can jump out, something else jumps into the boat. Fisk, the producers say, is a story of a man and a fish, and the unexpected impact they have upon one another.

Using puppetry, movement and intricate design, alongside an evocative original soundtrack, the piece draws audiences into an immersive marine world.

Examining themes of depression, support and interconnection, Fisk explores of the lengths we can go to in order to escape from ourselves, yet also finds joy in even the deepest and darkest of depths. The show is recommended for over-12s.

In addition to the performance at Mareel on 28th February, members of the company will hold workshops with young people exploring the theatrical techniques and themes used in the performance.

About Adam Civico

The Shetland Times editor since October 2012. Born and bred in South Yorkshire, before moving to Shetland I was assistant editor at the Barnsley Chronicle, where my journalism career began. When not editing The Shetland Times I can be found walking or (occasionally) running, enjoying good food, or trying to find the latest Sheffield Wednesday result. Contact me with your news and views about Shetland – a.civico@shetlandtimes.co.uk, on Twitter @adamcivico or telephone 01595 746715.

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