Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn is brought to life in chip shops, telling a powerful, darkly comic story of poverty and inequality in modern Britain.

Grab some fish and chips and join Story Machine Productions for a unique and intimate performance of stories from Kerry Hudson’s books Lowborn, and Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma.

When Kerry Hudson was born, she was destined to be the latest in a long line of Aberdeen fishwives. You know her type: a life of grinding poverty, the worst flat on the worst estate, and bread and marge sandwiches before benefits day.

But Kerry had bigger dreams and the fight, humour and strength of her community to back her up.

Having performed early shows herself, Kerry has handed the reins over to actress Gillian Dean, who captures the heartache and impossibility of a life of grinding poverty. Gillian dons a chip-shop tabard to give an intimate one-woman performance. Told amidst the sizzle of oil and the scent of vinegar, the show shines a light into the margins of life in modern Britain.

Featuring stories from Kerry Hudson’s books Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma and Lowborn.

See Lowborn (Down the Chipper) across the UK. We are visiting Norwich, Sheringham, Great Yarmouth, Folkestone, and more. For full details see our tour diary here.

Trigger warning: this show contains scenes of extreme poverty and one scene of rape.

Running length – circa 40 minutes.

Photo © Joyia Fitch