The Names, The Names is a new play based on the nicknames used by Bristol dockers in their everyday work. The hilarious, witty and often downright rude names invented for their workmates were part of the culture of the men who unloaded and loaded ships at Bristol and Avonmouth.
It was hard heavy work that was often poorly paid but could have rewards in the form of ‘damaged’ goods and easier cargoes. The Names, The Names took place against a backdrop of working cranes and quayside activity.
It is largely drawn from Up The Feeder, Down The Mouth, ACH Smith’s hugely successful play staged at M Shed in 2001, but includes new stories collected by Dr Amy King as part of the Bristol Dockers oral history project.
The show was held at M Shed over Docks Heritage Weekend 2019 and stars Kate Mcnab, John Telfer and Ross Harvey.
We hope you enjoyed the show! It was wonderful to see former dockers in the audience catch up for the first time in decades.
If you would like to stage the show in your venue in Bristol, please contact us!