+3 Interview: In Our Hands


“It’s a fast paced, human and heartfelt hour that will leave the audience gunning for Alf to succeed.”

WHO: Molly Freeman – Co-Artistic Director and Performer/Puppeteer

WHAT: “Alf is a trawler fisherman at the top of his game. But times are changing and so is the industry. Will Alf adapt in order to survive? Follow a fish’s journey from sea to plate, watch a seagull’s ridiculous attempt to find food and witness a father and son reunite. Award-winning Smoking Apples, co-creators of CELL, use innovative puppetry, a striking set and an original score to transport you out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the Catcher’s Fortune.”

WHERE: Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61)

WHEN: 16:00 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

No, this is our second trip to Edinburgh. Last year, we brought our previous show, CELL, which was a collaboration with another puppetry company, Dogfish. We’ve also all been to Edinburgh prior to this with other companies and shows. It’s really exciting to be back with In Our Hands, we love the city and the festival, it’s the best bubble to be in in August.

Tell us about your show.

In Our Hands uses puppetry and visual theatre to tell the story of Alf, a trawler fisherman. It’s a show about how the current pressures in the trawling industry affect the people who work in it but it’s also about Alf’s personal life and his distant relationship with his son. It’s a fast paced, human and heartfelt hour that will leave the audience gunning for Alf to succeed.

It is a bit of an odd subject to make a show about but that’s sort of our thing. We like to take subjects that are difficult to digest and use puppetry and visuals to present them in an interesting, accessible and enjoyable way. We work very much as a devising collective with everyone in the cast taking responsibility for the creative content. Myself and my colleagues Matt and Hattie, co-produce and co-direct but ultimately, the show is a direct product of the entire cast and creative team.

We started developing In Our Hands is 2014 and premiered it last year in 2015. We chose to make a show about trawler fishing because within our cast of five, we had a number of different, conflicting opinions on it and thought this would be a good starting point. Myself, Matt and Hattie met whilst studying at Drama school and then we studied puppetry abroad in Prague together and this formed the basis of our company. Luke and George are our long term associates but we have never made a show together so decided it was time. That, and they have some great beards…

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I highly recommend checking out The Marked by Theatre Temoin, it’s a brilliantly dark show featuring some stunning mask work and well worth a watch. The hilarious and abusive bad boys of the puppetry world, Boris and Sergey, are also back this year and they’ve brought along their own venue, the Omnitorium. They’re hugely entertaining and no two shows are the same because they are completely improvised. Also, if you’re an artist at the Fringe, you also get a discount at the bar – winner!