Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

It's plain sailing for centenary events

Various venues, Belfast

Tomorrow, until April 22

Nine dramas, nine films, eight exhibitions, eight concerts ... and that's only some of the events lined up at the Titanic Festival Belfast, to commemorate the city's most famous creation.

The story of the Titanic is etched deep into the city - the greatest ship ever built, which sank on her maiden voyage. There are events planned right around the globe to mark the centenary of the tragedy but Belfast can rightly be described as home to the Titanic story, as this festival will demonstrate.

Alongside the specially commissioned music, the tours, shows and concerts, there is a clutch of plays exploring the story of the liner.

Dan Gordon's The Boat Factory (April 2-5 in Titanic Belfast, above) looks at the men who built the ship. Blackness After Midnight (April 3-4 Belfast City Hall) examines the role played in the tragedy by the Californian - did her captain ignore the flares from the Titanic, and sail away from the disaster? Dennis MacNeice's play is based on the proceedings from the 1912 inquiry into the sinking.

Jimmy McAleavey's new play Titans (April 8-11 Titanic Belfast) invites audiences on a journey from the drawing offices on the Queen's Road, to uncover some of the secrets of the great ship. The drama looks at voyages from myths and legends, and encounters the odd ghost and lost soul. Dress warmly for this show, which lasts for an hour.

And to kick things off, there's a chance for a night to remember in the Titanic Dry Dock, where filmgoers are invited to travel 40ft underground to where the White Star liners were fitted out and watch the classic film A Night To Remember as it's projected onto the sea wall where the Titanic departed.

For more details and booking information visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/titanic

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