Students give hope to east coast life

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ACTING and performance students at Dundee College set out to prove that making a living from the sea is anything but riding along on the crest of a wave with their forthcoming production, The Good Hope.

Written by Dutch playwright Herman Heijermans, when it was first performed over 100 years ago, this play led to changes in the law regarding the seaworthiness of fishing boats.

While using a version translated by Billy Elliot author, Lee Hall, 13 HNC students have switched the action to the east coast of Scotland rather than the Netherlands of the original.

The circumstances of the protagonists remain unchanged, however – life is hard for those who go to sea and the families they leave behind.

Desperation forces the characters into making choices they would otherwise wish to avoid – a mother already widowed by fishing boat disaster must send her remaining sons to sea, despite misgivings about the trustworthiness of the owner and the seaworthiness of his vessel, The Good Hope.

With a whole community dependant on the voyage of The Good Hope as it heads to the rich fishing grounds of Greenland, amidst a raging storm, the play pries into the moral dilemma of profit versus people’s lives.

“We have live music, a cracking good story and The Space has been transformed into an intimate ‘in the round’ setting bringing the audience close to the action,” said director Paul Christie.

“Our version of The Good Hope will resonate with anyone who has ever visited the east coast of Scotland and seen the harbours, both working in the fisheries trade or having formerly been involved.”

The Good Hope runs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 17-18. Curtain at 7.30 pm, bar opens 7pm.

Tickets (£8 and £6 concession) available from The Space Box Office phone (01382) 834934.