Kerry Hudson’s Lowborn is brought to life in chip shops across the UK.

When Kerry Hudson was born, she was destined to be the latest in a long line of Aberdeen fishwives. You know her type: a life of grinding poverty, the worst flat on the worst estate, and bread and marge sandwiches before benefits day.

But Kerry had bigger dreams and the fight, humour and strength of her community to back her up.

Kerry is now a bestselling author and social activist. She worked with our Director, Sam Ruddock, to co-author a brand new show – LOWBORN (Down the Chipper).

Having initially performed the show herself, Kerry has now handed the reigns on to actor Gillian Dean, who will don a chip-shop tabard, to give an intimate one-woman performance of stories from a working class childhood. Told amidst the sizzle of oil and the scent of vinegar, the show shines a light into the margins of life, and people you might recognise, in modern Britain.

Featuring stories from Kerry Hudson’s books Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma and Lowborn.

See Lowborn (Down the Chipper) across the UK. We are visiting Norwich, Sheringham, Great Yarmouth, Folkestone, and more. For full details see our tour diary here.

Trigger warning: this show contains scenes of extreme poverty and one scene of rape.

Running length – circa 30 minutes.

Speaking about having to hand on the show, Kerry says:

It’s with great disappointment that I’ve had to ask an actress to take up my role in the remaining Lowborn Down The Chipper tours. This is a monologue which deals with very sensitive and personal matters and, ultimately, I found it more difficult than expected. I am delighted that we have an actress who will continue to tell this story which I’m surely will resonate just as strongly with audiences.