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 across the UK and internationally, becoming a firm festival favourite. The show has delighted audiences at, among other places, the Southbank Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, Boston ICA (USA), the ASSITEJ On the Edge Festival in Birmingham, the Shanghai International Festival and the Adelaide Festival 2017. Most recently, it was a highlight at the Brighton Festival 2018. It was named as one of critic Lyn Gardner’s (The Guardian) Top Ten shows of 2014 and won Danny Braverman the Brian Way Playwriting Award.
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 an exhibition of Ab’s work at the Southbank Centre in August 2015.