The Boat Factory – at the King’s Head

“Belfast 1947. The sun shines down on a post-war world. 16-year-old Davy walks through the gates of Harland & Wolff’s Titanic Shipyard to begin life as a carpenter’s apprentice. He soon discovers that the vast shipyard is like a city within the city, with 35,000 men working over 300 acres in 67 different trades. Regarded as the biggest and best there is, if you can dream it they can build it. Davy is taken under the wing of a cheeky young apprentice called Geordie and a lasting bond of friendship is forged as they adapt to their new life in the yard.

“In the best tradition of great storytelling, two actors – Dan Gordon and Michael Condron – skilfully conjure up a host of colourful characters from the glory days of Belfast’s shipbuilding era to construct a poignant, funny and moving picture of a lost way of life, and of friendship, hardship, humour and heroism. Already a proven hit with audiences and critics, The Boat Factory received glowing reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has just completed a hugely successful four week run in New York City where Irish movie actor Liam Neeson and acting legend Vanessa Redgrave were some of the show’s biggest fans.” – from the King’s Head website

★★★★ “You would be made of stone if you did not respond to Gordon’s love letter to the Harland and Wolff shipyard, the yard that dominated the landscape, in every sense, of the Belfast in which he grew up” – The Times

★★★★ "A superb physical theatre show... CRITICS’ CHOICE” – Time Out

★★★★ "A bittersweet picture of friendship... a warmly affectionate show” – Evening Standard

“How refreshing in our digital age to encounter what The Boat Factory skillfully conjures: craftsmanship, pride and dedication in the service of heavy industry” – New York Times

“A heartwarming play” – New York Post

I have arranged a discount for group members for our event; tickets are £15 rather than £20.50 for standard seats. The booking code to use is LAGAN.

Following an initial phase when I booked seats located together for group members who had prepaid for tickets, this option is now closed. All members who RSVP from now will need to book direct with the theatre.

We will have drinks in the pub after the play, for anyone who would like to stay on afterward for a conversation about the play.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello,
    I'm gutted to have missed it - was stuck in the office. Really sorry about this and I hope to meet you soon

    August 17, 2013

    • Jane

      Perle, I was sorry to miss you. What a shame to be stuck at the office. However I did manage to sell your ticket, so I have £15 for you. I'll get in touch shortly to sort that out.

      August 17, 2013

  • Bernie C.

    Hello,
    just joined the group this morning and disappointed I missed The Boat Factory last night. If anyone would like to go this evening I'd love to hear from you. I've checked and there's a few seats left.

    August 17, 2013

  • Sophie

    Hi, I've just booked a ticket for B4 for tonight. I've not been before so hope to see you up there sometime after 6.15pm. Sophie

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm stuck at work and not sure I'll make it. Sorry for the late notice - I will try

    August 16, 2013

  • Kate

    Hi Jane, I will join you and the others beforehand. Can someone look out for me as I haven't met any of you before. I'm petite with dark hair...as in pic opposite. Thanks a bunch and see you all later. Kate

    August 16, 2013

  • Jane

    I'll be arriving at the pub early for a drink with some other members - all are welcome to join us from about 6.15.

    August 16, 2013

  • Sophie

    Hi there, Hope to book tickets tomorrow as looks good. See you there.

    August 15, 2013

  • Hilary

    I'm booked in A2. Looking forward to it, sounds really interesting.

    August 15, 2013

    • Richard C.

      I'm in A1, Hilary. Looks like the Meetup is occupying the whole front row. See you there - Richard

      August 15, 2013

    • Hilary

      We can rename ourselves the frontline or avant garde meet-up group.

      August 15, 2013

  • Richard C.

    This looks fascinating.

    August 10, 2013

    • Richard C.

      I'll get there about 6.15 - see you whenever you get there. I hope this encourages others to join us.

      August 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, I'll be there a bit early too to meet you and have a chat. I'll look out for a floral, blingy top :-)

      August 15, 2013

  • Gabriela

    :-((((( already committed elsewhere

    August 12, 2013

    • Jane

      Oh no - sorry to miss you Gabriela

      August 12, 2013

  • Kate

    Hi, I'll come along to this as I'm from Northern Ireland. Look forward to seeing you all there:)

    August 10, 2013

    • Jane

      Hi Kate, glad you can join us - would you please RSVP yes for the event, so you receive messages about it - thanks

      August 12, 2013

    • Kate

      Whoops. Done! See you there.

      August 12, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hi Jane, I booked ticket A3, see you on Friday

    August 12, 2013

    • Jane

      Really glad you can come Michelle - see you then.

      August 12, 2013

  • Maria

    Hi Jane,

    Thank you for organising the event. Looking forward to it.

    Maria

    August 9, 2013

    • Jane

      No problem Maria, glad you can come.

      August 10, 2013

  • Nil

    Hi Jane...was travelling a bit, so haven't been to a theatre for quite some time. See you next Friday.

    Just paid for the ticket through this site. Please confirm if you are able able to buy the ticket.

    Take care.

    August 9, 2013

    • Jane

      Absolutely Avranil, glad you can join us - now done.

      August 10, 2013

  • Egor

    Sadly, cannot make this one.

    August 9, 2013

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Egor. Hopefully another time.

      August 10, 2013

  • Jane

    I've now bought the group tickets for myself, Avranil, Maria, Perle, Betsabeth, Marie, and Catherine Allinson. Our tickets are for seats A4-10.

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,
    I've just signed up and paid so I can sit with the group - can you confirm receipt?
    This'll be my first outing with this group; I look forward to meeting you.

    August 8, 2013

    • Jane

      Yes I can confirm receipt Perle – I look forward to meeting you next week too. I'll send out a confirmation when I buy the tickets, to tell you where we'll be seated.

      August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great - thanks a lot

      August 8, 2013

  • Violet

    I would have loved to attended this but our work summer party is on this date. Hopefully next one will suit

    August 8, 2013

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Violet – I'll be arranging other events soon though – hope you can come to one of those.

      August 8, 2013

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