Women In Fish

Vancouver's urban ink puts on a one-woman show about the sinking of the Loretta B and the decline of the fishing industry.

Rosemary Georgeson plays the role of the cloudreader in the one-woman show, Women in Fish, playing at Intrepid Theatre's 14th annual Uno Fest.

Rosemary Georgeson plays the role of the cloudreader in the one-woman show, Women in Fish, playing at Intrepid Theatre's 14th annual Uno Fest.

Vancouver’s urban ink puts on a one-woman show about the sinking of the Loretta B and the decline of the fishing industry.

 

The tragic and true shipwreck story from Galiano Island comes to life in Women in Fish, a one woman show from Vancouver’s urban ink.

The show tells the fate of fishing packer The Loretta B on a sad day in September 1962 when it keeled in a freak storm —sending five men and one woman into the violent sea. Only Eileen Lorenz survived.

“Between the video that’s behind me and myself, we try to tell the story of what happened that night in 1962,” says Rosemary Georgeson, who performs the show. She was just five years old and remembers that fateful night:  “My father was a fisherman and it was a lifetime occupation— it was something you started when you were born, basically, and you were a fisherman until the day you weren’t here anymore,” Georgeson says.

“I was with my mother. We were home in Georgeson Bay, listening to it unfold on a purple radio we had in the kitchen. The story came in that the Loretta B was down and there were heavy winds. Growing up in a fishing family, you hear the heavy wind, and you get nervous.”

Women in Fish was originally mounted on Galiano Island in 2004 before being made into a CBC radio documentary.

“She’s the voice of the five year old child watching her mother wait. She holds the stories of an industry that is dying out. She holds the memories of her family that have been involved in the fishing industry since the beginning of time. She’s a person that’s waiting; she’s waiting to see how it all unfolds,” Georgeson says.

“It’s a really powerful show. I can’t see myself ever not being a part of it because the show is a part of me, through history, through the stories in the show, they came from my community, my family and we were there for it. We were all there waiting. It still feels like forever.”

 

Women in Fish

By Rosemary Georgeson

Multi-media Storytelling

PG14+

Saturday May 21, 6 p.m.*

Sunday, May 22, 4 p.m.

Metro Studio

(1411 Quadra)

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island Symphony conductor Pierre Simard is releasing his new synthwave album ‘Plandemic’ on March 5. (Photo courtesy Olivia Simard)
Vancouver Island Symphony conductor releasing side-project EP of electronic music

Pierre Simard, recording as Plan Omega, presents ‘Plandemic’

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
Vancouver Island children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Nanaimo-raised singer Allison Crowe with director Zack Snyder on the set of ‘Man of Steel’ in 2011. Crowe performs a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in the upcoming director’s cut of ‘Justice League.’ (Photo courtesy Clay Enos)
B.C. musician records song for upcoming ‘Justice League’ film

Allison Crowe’s close connection to director led to rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

The Gordon Head Recreation Centre stands in as the Quimper Regional Hospital on Feb. 23 for filming Maid, a 10-part Netflix series. (Greg Sutton/District of Saanich)
Netflix transforms Saanich recreation centre into hospital for filming

Facility was closed to public Feb. 23 for filming of Maid

This image released by SYFY shows Meredith Garretson, left, and Alan Tudyk in the new series "Resident Alien." (James Dittinger/SYFY via AP)
B.C.-shot ‘Resident Alien’ invader gets lift-off with viewers

New Syfy series catching on, proving TV doesn’t have to come from premium cable

WILDLIFE TREE: Tofino Poet Laureate Christine Lowther stands next to a giant cedar tree on District Lot 114, the site of Tofino’s controversial affordable housing project. The tree was pinned with an official Ministry of Forests yellow wildlife tree sign to educate fallers that the tree needs to be left standing for food, shelter and nesting. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tofino author Christine Lowther calling for poetry about trees

“I’m thrilled to be of service to trees through poetry.”

West Coast-themed metal art by Nanaimo artists Hayley Willoughby (pictured), her father Jack and partner Blair LeFebvre is on display in the window of Lululemon at Woodgrove Centre from now until March 13 as part of the store’s monthly local artist program. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Metal artists present cross-generational show at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

Work by Hayley Willoughby, her partner and father on display in Lululemon window

Vancouver Island Symphony principal violinist and concertmaster Calvin Dyck is among the musicians performing in the upcoming Salmon and Trout concert. (Photo courtesy HA Photography)
Vancouver Island Symphony will make a splash with fish-themed quintets concert

Performance was to take place in November but was rescheduled due to COVID-19

Nico Rhodes, Lucas Smart, James McRae and Kosma Busheikin (from left) recorded their set for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s online video series at the Harbour City Theatre in December. (Photo courtesy François Savard)
Music starts next week at online Nanaimo International Jazz Festival

Ten free, virtual performances to occur over three weeks in March

The original artwork created by local artist Emily Thiessen, is featured as the Commercial Alley’s eighth installation. (City of Victoria)
 The original artwork created by local artist Emily Thiessen, is featured as the Commercial Alley’s eighth installation. (City of Victoria)
Victoria calls for artists to fill Commercial Alley gallery

Competition open to artists in the Capital Regional District

Cowichan Valley author Teresa Schapansky’s books for young readers have become a phenomenon on Amazon. (Submitted)
Cowichan author tops Amazon charts

Award-winning author Teresa Schapansky learned of a need for low-level readers in the classroom

Nadia Rieger restocks some of the art supplies at the Crows Nest Artist Collective. Their move to stocking more art supplies over the course of the pandemic was a response to increased demand, which she thinks shows people have been turning to creating art to cope with mental health struggles due to lockdowns and restrictions on other activities. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
Vancouver Islanders using art to conquer COVID blues

It seems people have been turning to their creative sides to stay mentally and emotionally healthy

Chris Bullock, Parksville artist, stands next to his ‘Mermother’ series, on display at the McMillan Arts Centre until Feb. 29. Bullock himself will be at the MAC from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday until the end of the month. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Parksville artist Chris Bullock’s unique illustrations on display

‘I’m heavily influenced by old comic book styles from the 1950s’

Most Read