Wot? No Fish!!
// draws us into the unique language of family.
Wot? No Fish!! / turns the Solomons’ strange and wonderful history into a humorous and heart-warming narrative for all ages.
In 1926, London shoemaker Ab Solomons drew a little doodle on his wage packet and gave it to his young wife Celie. Over the next 60 years, he would repeat this gesture each week, documenting the day-to-day goings-on of their growing family, while every token was tucked away in a shoebox by Celie. After Ab’s death this long-forgotten treasure trove of deeply personal cartoons was discovered by his great-nephew Danny Braverman.
In this intimate one-man performance, Braverman decodes his great-uncle’s drawings to reveal the inner life of a family. Births, deaths, war and the sublime act of two people growing old together are lovingly illustrated with humour and honesty.
Like Ab’s doodles themselves, this absorbing and personal feat of storytelling / draws us into the unique language of family.
★★★★ Braverman gently, unobtrusively steers the audience on this incomparable journey through time, reaching a simple but deeply affecting, magical conclusion that left this reviewer in need of a Kleenex or three. He has achieved a remarkable feat ... this is a universal story of love told from a vault of 3000 treasures.
★★★★ [This] immensely affecting and often comic show … asks questions around how we value art, and the nature of storytelling.
By / bread&circuses
Written & Performed by / Danny Braverman
Direction / Nick Philippou
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