Show: Wot? No Fish!! | bread&circuses

Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN

Dates: 1 - 19 July 2014   

Time: 7:30pm (7pm on 3 July)

Running Time: 75min

Price: 1 - 5 Jul: All tickets £12 | 7 - 19 Jul: £15, £12 concs

Website: www.bac.org.uk/wotnofish

Box Office: 020 7223 2223 | www.bac.org.uk

N.B. Wot? No Fish!! and Dumbstruck by Fine Chisel Theatre can be viewed as a double-bill on Thu 3 July.


Press Contact:

Olivia Ivens
020 7326 8259





Wot? No Fish!! arrives in London this July following a regional tour and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.

Writer and performer Danny Braverman received Theatre Centre’s Brian Way Award 2013 in recognition of the show’s wide appeal to a range of audiences.

Danny Braverman inherited a shoebox stuffed with thousands of scraps of paper that were unexpectedly revealed to be a unique record of 20th century London and Jewish life. From the 1920s to the 80s Danny’s great uncle, Ab Solomons, drew honest, comical and heartfelt illustrations on his weekly wage-packets before giving them to his wife, Celie. In Wot? No Fish!! Danny delicately picks his way through these wage-packets, projects them onto a backdrop and brings them to life through animated storytelling, inviting audiences to discover the history and inner workings of the Solomons family.

Ab’s illustrations continue without interruption against the backdrop of a changing city as he and Celie survive the Blitz, admit their son to a psychiatric hospital and become part of the Jewish community’s exodus from East to North West London.
The pictures also serve as snapshots of daily life – Ab spends as much time and care depicting quarrels over snore-filled nights and fish balls – and chart the evolution of his artistic style, from playful doodles to detailed technicolour creations.
Battersea Arts Centre’s Council Chamber, itself steeped in rich history, provides a fitting setting for Ab and Celie’s story to be discovered. The setting is all the more poignant for being so close to The Nightingale House care home in Clapham, where Ab spent the last of his days.

It has been thirty years since writer and performer Danny Braverman and director Nick Phillipou first started making work together, with a focus on community and political engagement. Wot? No Fish!! marks their reunion with the show set to continue on an international tour.

Full press release and images can be downloaded below.




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    Wot? No Fish!! Images
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    Press Release Wot No Fish Jul 2014