“And then the fisherman says-… and then the fish… the fi-“

A woman stands in front of a microphone. She can’t remember the punchline.

Fusing poetry and song, award-winning Unholy Mess return with a funny, strange and poignant play about growing up and inescapable truths. Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot takes you on a powerful journey exploring memory, childhood and what happens when we can’t get to the punchline.

‘The brilliant Foxtrot is the one to watch’ The Observer
★★★★“an engaging and poignant journey” The Wee Review
“Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea is a one-woman hit” Isolated Nation 
“Echoes of Caryl Churchill’s experimentation with language” Sabotage Reviews
★★★★★ “Jemima Foxtrot is extraordinary” Seesaw Magazine
★★★★ “Like a sucker-punch” Out in Perth
★★★★ 1/2 “The best of the fringe” Fringe Feed
“A truly unforgettable voice.” Luke Wright

Written and performed by Jemima Foxtrot and co-written and directed by Lucy Allan, Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea is presented in association with Omnibus Theatre, supported by Arts Council England.

Past Performances

28/02/18         Tate South Lambeth library, London       7pm

27/02/18                 The Room Above, Bristol                      7.30pm

22/02/18                         DINA, Sheffield                              7.30pm

20/02/18                  Parasol Unit, London                          7pm

16/02/18             Durning Library, London                       7pm

15/02/18             The Old Fire Station, Oxford                 7.30pm

 27/01/18 – 03/01/18      The Blue Room Theatre, Perth, AUS           9pm

07/10/17          Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge              3pm

10 – 12/10/17      Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle             7.30pm

09/01/18       Upstairs at the Western, Leicester        7.30pm

13-14/01/18             Assembly Rooms, Durham               7.30pm

27 – 29/09/17               Omnibus Theatre                          7.30pm

03 – 27/08/17           Big Belly, Underbelly Cowgate            2pm

15/09/16             Engine Room @ Clapham Omnibus        Scratch Performance

Edinburgh previews

19/07/17                     Hackney Showroom                          9pm

21/07/17                       Omnibus Theatre                         7.30pm

‘Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea’ is available still available for bookings.  For tour bookings, press or further information, please contact Jemima Foxtrot at




  1. I loved the show on Saturday. I’m part of Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall. We promote shows into our local theatre. Any thoughts about bringing it to Norfolk in 2o18 ? Have you had any contact from Creative Arts East about this yet ?

    Please let me know


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