Review: Holy Mackerel

This year’s Eastern Angles’ festive offering Holy Mackerel is inspired by real-life events that happened in the port of Newlyn in 1896, when Cornish and East Anglian fishermen rioted over fishing rights in the waters off Cornwall.

Trouble is on the horizon in the sleepy Cornish port of Newlyn. East Anglian Fishermen have descended, and to say they don’t fit in would be an understatement… Going against everything the people believe in to get their catch – Including fishing on a Sunday not only are the East Anglian’s taking their mackerel they are seriously rubbing the locals up the wrong way… However one man can save the day… Norman!

Full of all of the mad-cap humour that we have come to expect from Eastern Angles at Christmas Holy Mackerel is full of song, dance, fast costume changes and many accents!

The talented cast play many characters with ease and in true Eastern Angles’ tradition there’s a few surprises along the way. For an evening full of fun, madness and mayhem Holy Mackerel meets all expectations. For that feel good feeling this Christmas time this production is a must.

Louise-and-castHoly Mackerel will be at the Sir John Mills Theatre in Gatacre Road, Ipswich until January 6th. The show then transfers to the Seckford Theatre in the grounds of Woodbridge School where the show will run from 12th – 23rd January. Finally, the Holy Mackerel gang will move across the region to the Key Theatre Studio in Peterborough where the play will be performed during the final week in January.

To book tickets for Ipswich and Woodbridge ring 01473 211498 or visit (For Peterborough tickets ring 01733 207239)

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 – Pictures: Mike Kwasniak.

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