Tuesday 5th September, 7.30pm

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG



Friday 22nd September, 7.30pm

Ellen Terry Barn Theatre, Smallhythe Place, Tenterden



Sunday 15th October

Hastings Storytelling Festival, East Hastings Angling Club, Hastings



Saturday 2nd December, 7.30pm

Ashburton Arts Centre, 15 West St, Ashburton, Newton Abbot TQ13 7DT



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.

Following each performance, the audience are invited to join a reflective, post show, community conversation with Bev, guided by Dr. Mo Cohen. This is our opportunity to come together and get to the heart of the experience we just shared.

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

Producer: Mae Dewsbery

Illustration by Claire Fletcher


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”



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