In 1926 shoemaker Ab Solomons drew a doodle on the wage-packet he gave to his wife Celie. Throughout their marriage, right up until 1982, Ab developed his art, drawing a wage-packet picture every week for Celie. These pictures chronicle Ab and Celie’s family life, through ups and downs, with great wit and warmth and with a blistering honesty.
Danny Braverman’s solo show tells the funny and moving story of how he discovered the lost art of his Great-uncle Ab. Wot? No Fish!! is an extraordinary story about love and art, history and fish balls.
Following success at the Edinburgh Fringe (2013), Wot? No Fish!! has toured extensively, including to Battersea Arts Centre, the Boston ICA, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Malthouse and recently the Southbank Centre. It was named as one of critic Lyn Gardner’s (The Guardian) Top Ten shows of 2014 and won Danny the Brian Way Playwriting Award. Wot? No Fish!! has recently been part of Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network this Autumn.
Ab and Celie went on a journey along a road that went uphill both ways – but it was a journey they took together.
Jim Carey’s photofilm below, was created for the exhibition of Ab’s work at the Southbank Centre in August 2015.
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