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‘Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not just fish they are after’
– Henry David Thoreau

Fisk, a brand new contemporary theatre experience, comes to Mareel on 28 February. Co-produced by Danish group Teater Katapult and Scottish award-winning theatre company, Tortoise in a Nutshell, and presented in association with Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, the show has been aesthetically inspired by Nordic and Scottish seascapes, centers around images of a fisherman, fish, and the sea.

Amidst a vast, cascading expanse of ocean, a tiny boat is tossed through rolling waves and thundering storms, a speck amidst the immense turbulent seas. Steadily rowing forward into the nothingness is a fisherman, driven by despair, sailing to nowhere with all his worldly possessions. He looks out as the darkness looms and prepares himself to leap...

But before he can jump out, something else jumps in; a mass of colour thrashing about the tiny boat. This uninvited guest has finally broken through the surface to discover what lies above. Fisk is a story of a man and a fish, and the unexpected impact they have upon one another.

Weaving together a rich tapestry of puppetry, movement and intricate design, alongside an evocative original soundtrack, the piece draws audiences into an immersive marine world. Examining themes of depression, support and interconnection, Fisk explores of the lengths we can go to in order to escape from ourselves, yet also finds joy in even the deepest and darkest of depths. Recommended for those 12 and above.

In addition to the performance at Mareel members of the company will hold workshops with young people exploring the theatrical techniques and themes utilized in the performance on 29 February. Tickets for the performance are now on sale through Shetland Arts Box Office at, over the phone on 01595 745500 or in person at Mareel.


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