The Riot

The Riot

Nick Darke's play The Riot is based on an outbreak of violence among a fishing community in rural Cornwall in 1896. The religious locals have never worked on Sundays, but their already precarious livings are further threatened by 'Yorkies', fishermen from further North, who do work on the Sabbath. The desperate inhabitants of Newlyn begin their protest by tipping the entire Sunday catch back into the sea. Their action leads to a pitched battle between the good Methodists of Newlyn and the Yorkies (who actually come from Lowestoft).

This production, a joint venture with Cornish company Kneehigh Theatre, was a fast and furious comedy produced at the National Theatre in 1999. Kneehigh is known for its energetic physical and visual work often staged outdoors, drawing on fairytale imagery and involving live music.