Orford on Stage: Fishskin Trousers

Local history and top-drawer theatre collide this month as Orford Museum hosts a performance of a play inspired by the legend of the Wild Man of Orford.

Elizabeth Kuti’s Fishskin Trousers weaves together the haunting stories of three Orford-based characters separated by time but united by the village and its mysterious island, Orford Ness.

Twelfth-century fisherman Mab provides an eyewitness account of the capture of the Orford Wild Man, caught in the nets of fisherman off the Orford coast. Eight hundred years later, at the height of the Cold War, Ben, a young Australian scientist, is haunted by strange noises as he works on the radar array at Orford Ness, while in 2004, Mog faces a heart-rending decision.

With an atmosphere drawn from the unique atmosphere of Orford and Orford Ness, the play was a huge success in its London run, and will no doubt take on an added resonance by being performed so near to its setting.

The performance of Fishskin Trousers in St. Bartholomew’s Church will feature the original London cast and doors will open at 5.30pm with a licensed bar available until the start of the performance at 6:30pm. Check out the TimeOut review of the London production.

Tickets and details Jacki Maslin 01394450276

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