Sunday, October 09, 2011

The Boat Factory, back as part of this year's Belfast Festival

Dan Gordon and Michael Condron, actors in The Boat Factory

A year on from its première in East Belfast last October, it’s great to hear that Dan Gordon’s play The Boat Factory is returning to the city in a ten day run during the Belfast Festival at Queen’s.

The magnificent Barnett Room in the Belfast Harbour Office is the setting for part play, part documentary, plotting out the development of the shipyard in Belfast, as well as charting the social history of the shipyard workers.

The play is a two hander, with Dan Gordon playing Davy (based on Dan’s father) and Michael Condron cast in the role of Geordie. While the play touches on the Titanic, it avoids taking the sentimental approach. I talked to Dan Gordon after the première.

Directed by Philip Crawford (Happenstance Theatre Company), the play is going on a short tour in November, with performances in Armagh’s Market Place Theatre (Wednesday 2), Enniskillen’s Portora Royal School (Thursday 3) and Glastry College, Newtownards (Friday 4).

Thursday 20- Saturday 29 October, matinees at weekends. Tickets £12.

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