“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.