Monday, 26 March 2012

Women in Fish: Hours of Water

Women in Fish: Hours of Water

Rosemary Georgeson

"In the beginning there were stories and like all surviving stories this one begins with a storm. On September 7, 1962, the fishing packer The Loretta B keeled under a violent westerly blow submerging five men and one woman to the dark sea.

"The sinking of the Loretta B joins a long legacy of fishing tragedies that have ended in the drowning of men and women but in this one Eileen Lorenz, on the eve of her 18th birthday was a survivor. After being tied to fish crates by her husband and fellow crewmate, Eileen was set afloat, as one by one, four men including her husband and brother surrendered to the ocean, their bodies never to be found. After six hours in the eye of the dark storm, Eileen Lorenz was plucked from the water to bring in this new day one year older and eight months pregnant.

"Women in Fish weaves this tragedy together with the bigger tragedy of the worlds fishing industry. This story reveals women’s contributions to what was once a top industry. Little is known about the strong role women played in this industry, from waiting on shore to owning and operating their own vessels, as cannery workers and raising their children on the boats."

Working with urban ink's then-Artistic Director Marie Clements, Rosemary tracked down Eileen, who had moved away from Galiano and not spoken about the incident since it happened. Together, the three women developed the show collaboratively and interwove Eileen's survival story with those of other women from the fishing industry to tell the larger tragedy of the decline of the world's fishing industry.

read more: Untold Stories, Samantha Gough
Directed by Marie Clements (Governor General Nominee-Burning Vision) and Kathleen Flaherty (CBC Radio)
Dramaturgy by
Paula Danckert (Playwrights Workshop Montreal)
Featuring award winning designers including: Tim Matheson, Noah Drew, John Webber, Sandy Scofield, Jonathan Ryder, Richard Wilson, Rosemary Georgeson, Mia Perry, Julie Moore and David Kerr.
Written by Marie Clements with Rosemary Georegson, Eileen Lorenz and the WIF Participants.
View WIF Archival Website

Performed by Rosemary Georgeson
With Hours of Water Ensemble: Ben Cardinal, Patricia Collins, Steven Hill, Renae Morrisseau, Suzie Payne & WIF community voices

Live Performance Animated by Diane Roberts

"Women in Fish was produced by CBC as a radio documentary and a 4 part radio series and has been short listed for a prestigious Jack Webster Award for Best Documentary. Women In Fish: hours of water opened Think Vancouver in 2005 with a performance at The Vancouver Aquarium. The live version begins touring in the summer of 2010 and includes an installation as a memorial of the contributions of women to the industry, youth programming activities, public workshops and a live performance of the award winning story."


video + article posted on urban ink website, by Maziar Ghaderi on Sunday, October 25, 2009 (visit urban ink site for more images/info)
Senior Living Magazine,

 An introduction to Rosemary Georgeson, Eileen Lorenz and the use of oral storytelling in theatre

I am just enchanted by this video (top), by the adapted performance at the Shadbolt last year, and by the stories chosen to tell. The ease with which any can identify with the challenges life brings, and the generosity with which people in crises often do respond... touches the core of "we."

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