Don’t let the title put you off. This is not a show about fish guts or an upside mermaid but an absolutely charming tale of friendship through adversity and using nothing but a couple of perspex boxes as its set, truly was a triumph.

I left fully equipped with my new found knowledge of oysters and a sense of satisfaction having just sat through a more than well written, well performed show.

This touching show confronts themes of male depression and dwindling coastline industry in a sensitive but never didactic way and gives an overwhelming sense of hope for those facing these issues. Even for those who aren’t, there was a lot that could be taken away from this play as it promoted a real understanding of the lives of people in communities such as these.

One of the highlights of the show was when it became clear that the stage hands, who had previously been in the shadows as you’d expect, were actually going to perform too and continued to have routines that interspersed through the rest of the show. Their deadpan faces and matching suits allowed for genuine laughter as they started bopping around the stage to a well-known reggae song and as absurd as this may sound it never slipped into being just silly.

The play was broken up nicely by a pre-recorded radio show that partly narrated the piece while under the pretence of being Tom’s desert island discs, with each song choice introducing the next phase of the show. As Tom and Lydia’s relationship developed, his stance as a tough, yet struggling fisherman bloomed into a caring companion whose life was clearly being touched by Lydia’s friendship and reassurance about his life catching oysters.

Not a lot about Lydia was revealed through the main plot, apart from her new found and not so successful hobby as a ventriloquist, but her character acted as a catalyst in revealing more of Tom. They both became more and more endearing as the piece went along and even the late introduction of a new stage presence was welcomed by an audience who were beaming with delight throughout. There are elements of this show that really stand out, the acting was outstanding, the set was innovative and the story was distinct yet still surprising and as a whole it was well structured and summed up perfectly by the end. The humour was funny but also very charming and was like watching a clumsy joke and a chuckle between friends, rather than professionals who had learned a script. I left fully equipped with my new found knowledge of oysters and a sense of satisfaction having just sat through a more than well written, well performed show.

Reviews by Bethan Troakes

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

BAIT with Live Score by Gwenno and Georgia Ellery

Komedia Theatre

The Maydays: Confessions!

Sweet Werks 2, 15-17 Middle Street

Call of Cthulhu: A Cold Case

The Old Market


Brighton Spiegeltent



Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now



The Blurb

Tom and Lydia met by the sea, where all the great stories start. He is a fisherman, she is a ventriloquist, a fairytale for the growing up, 'FishHeads' net casts wide. Reaction are trailblazers for contemporary drama. With a cast of three, a perspex set, and a great soundtrack; this highly visual piece explores the symbiosis between humankind and the sea, through an original story that moves and uplifts. "Mesmerising, atmospheric, charged with fine performances; a powerful and moving experience”.

Most Popular See More

The Phantom of the Opera

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £35.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Mousetrap

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £15.00

More Info

Find Tickets


From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Back to the Future - The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets