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plenty of fish in the sea : exploring dating culture

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PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA is a charming and
delightful play full of wry observations about
dating and hook up culture. It is a charming blend of
story, humour, romance, exotic locations and
energetic performances.

A young man, while checking his dating app, is
inadvertently separated from his Contiki Tour
group and catches the wrong boat to an isolated
French island. He is taken in to a convent and given
a room by the fisherwoman nun and her vow of silence
assistant.

The young man is naively relating this story, which
necessarily features his use of dating apps, in a
pub to someone he has met on a dating app. He realises his faux pas but blusters on about the storm, the island and its fishing tradition and its famous fish stew. It is a fascinating story with charming and surreal elements but his date that night is is probably not the ideal audience.
The production features a clever and well utilised set,
which is continually rearranged by the cast to represent his room in the convent, fishing spots, the kitchen (for making the famous fish stew) and hidden nooks in the convent to hang out with the silent assistant. The soundscape sometimes drowns out the dialogue, which is a shame as the sounds themselves are well chosen and create a
wonderful atmosphere.

PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA is performed and devised by Madeline Baghurst, Adam Lee and Emily Ayoub. It is co-directed by Emily Ayoub and Madeline Baghurst. The producer is Kate Gaul, composer
and musician is Mary Rapp, designer is Tobhiyah Stone Feller, design assistant is Lachlan Odgers, set construction by Alan Baghurst and Geoff Magee, stage manager is Dominic Hort.  

PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA opened Friday 10th February, 2023 at the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, 34-40 Burton St Darlinghurst.

It is highly recommended, especially if the sound
levels are adjusted.

Production photography by Alex Houy.

 

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