The history of Vancouver is deeply intertwined with the history of the salmon industry. Now, a great new piece of outdoor theatre probes deep into the Lower Mainland’s fishing past – both the good side and the bad.
Salmon Row is a 90-minute production staged against the backdrop of the historic Britannia Heritage Shipyards, beside the Fraser River in Steveston. The play is produced by Mortal Coil, the same troupe that brings us Stanley Park’s Halloween and Christmas trains.
The play explores how the salmon industry has impacted the lives of a succession of peoples, from the First Nations who first inhabited the area to the Asian and European immigrants who later came to work in the massive canneries along the river. And, for the most part, the impact has been pretty grim.