23rd August 2024, 7.30pm

Folk and Fable Festival, Battle, Market Square.


21st – 23rd March 2024, 7.30pm

Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings TN34 3BD



Another thread woven into the tapestry of Hastings”


Ploughing The Salt Sea is a solo autobiographical music theatre show, drawing on Bev Lee Harling’s recently discovered rich heritage of centuries old, fishing family roots in Hastings. The narrative, drawn from the suds of the Old Town Wash House, told through the eyes of the overlooked women, seeks to rewrite their stories of boats lost at sea and local life, back into our current consciousness through original and traditional folk song.

While the obvious themes are fishing-community related, the show also connects universally to women, secrecy, loss and finding your own voice.

Please scroll down for upcoming show dates and booking links.


Written and performed by Bev Lee Harling

Directed by Dr. Mo Cohen

Set, Video & Costume Design: Simon Daw

Choreography: Arthur Pita

Sound Design: Frank Moon

Lighting Design: Jonathan Richardson

Creative Producer: Mae Dewsbery


Audience Feedback:

Bev’s delivery and writing was exceptional … and the very wonderful and unique way Bev’s vocal melodies dance along with her instrumental lines”

“Wonderful, touching, funny, intimate!”

“Beautiful simplicity. A small but also a universal tale. You totally invited us into your story and it felt so special.”

“Very personal and poignant but with great humour”

“A vivid alive portrait of a small town told through beautifully realised character studies”

“Loved the characterisation and the intimacy, and  of course, the marvellous, marvellous music”

“Like all great stories it radiates authenticity”

Past tour dates for 2023 include…

Stables Theatre

Brighton Fishing Museum

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Ellen Terry Theatre

Ashburton Arts Centre

Hastings Sea Angling Association

Hastings Storytelling Festival

Shambala Festival


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