'Not Just Fish and Ships' by Pat Ashworth

Saturday 21 September 2019 15:00 - 20:30

Experience a unique performance in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral choir stalls. It’s the year 664 and Whitby Abbey is hosting a Synod by royal request ….

Two opposing currents meet as the delegates arrive, with the date of Easter and the monks’ haircuts dominating the agenda. It’s about the power of Rome and the pull of the saints, but most of all, it’s about conformity.

And who can argue with that?

Colman for one, the impetuous Abbot of Lindisfarne. He’s pitted against the ambitious Wilfrid, Abbot of Ripon, impatient to become a bishop. King Oswy has a lot on his mind, with a north-south divide in the country and the Mercians always at his back. Caedmon is in a world of his own. It falls to Abbess Hilda to navigate these choppy waters – and to fulfil her own destiny.

A portrait of monastic life in Anglo-Saxon England, Not Just Fish And Ships is a courtroom drama with a light touch, with more than a little resonance for our own quarrelsome times.

Not just Fish and Ships logoTickets and Times

The performance will last approximately two hours, including a 20 minute interval.

Matinee performance at 3.00pm
Tickets £12 (£10 concessions). Unreserved seating.

Evening performance at 7.00pm
Tickets £15 (£12 concessions). Unreserved seating.



This production has been grant aided by the Lottery and Arts Council England

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