Following the Fleet: DRIFTERS

Internationally renowned beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh returns with a major UK tour of his astonishing live vocal score to John Grierson’s groundbreaking 1929 silent documentary Drifters in August/September 2017.

Touring to six former major fishing ports on the UK’s East coast from Scotland to Norfolk, Following the Fleet: DRIFTERS presents Jason’s atmospheric score alongside new artistic interpretations of Britain’s fishing heritage and future, performed live by a diverse range of artists from poets to DJs across the country.

Following the Fleet: DRIFTERS is presented by curator/producer Shona Thomson of A Kind of Seeing. The tour is supported through public funding by Arts Council England.  The tour also forms part of BFI Britain on Film, a major project opening up unprecedented online access to our screen heritage.  Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery: http://www.bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film.

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Internationally renowned beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh arrives in Great Yarmouth to perform his beautifully atmospheric live vocal score to John Grierson’s  as part of a major UK tour to fishing ports on the UK’s East coast.  All are welcome as the tour reaches its finale in the town where John Grierson filmed the busy and important herring port, curing yards and fish auction for his groundbreaking 1929 silent herring fishing film DRIFTERS.

This special event featuring a display of artefacts from the nearby Time and Tide Museum, brings the film home to what might seem a very different town from Grierson’s portrayal in 1929 but still attracts visitors and also workers from all over the world who have now settled and contribute to Great Yarmouth’s diverse international community and culture.

Performing alongside Jason in the relaxed and welcoming space of SeaChange Arts will be fresh, talented performers from the Portuguese-speaking community of Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area. Films from the East Anglian Film Archive of the fishing and the golden days of the 1950s seaside resort will be screened and accompanied live by the performers as they reflect on the changes the town has seen and is still going through.

Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm