Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Play to tell story of shipyard folk

Playwright Dan Gordon's The Boat Factory will be a highlight of the Titanic Belfast festival

A play celebrating the people of the shipyard will be a highlight of the two-month Titanic Belfast festival, organisers said.

Dan Gordon's production The Boat Factory looks at the history and achievements of Harland and Wolff and will be staged in a suite at the attraction overlooking the slipways where Titanic was built.

Mr Gordon said: "I have lived in the shadow of the boat factory all my life. I wanted to tell the story of the heritage and history that has all but disappeared and with it the skills, the memories and the men who made it."

Among other events taking place at the £90 million visitor centre will be a new play, Titans, written by Jimmy McAleavey and taking the audience on a theatrical trip behind the scenes of the new attraction, as well as a musical evening hosted by Peter Curran celebrating a century of music and words by local artists.

Ali Curran, Titanic Belfast`s festival co-ordinator, said: "This is a unique year for Belfast and we want to showcase the best of local and international talent for the many tens of thousands of visitors from home and abroad who we expect to come to the city."

Titanic Belfast is built in the derelict shipyard where the ship was constructed more than a century ago and will open on March 31 ahead of the centenary of the vessel`s sinking this spring.

It is a six floor building featuring interpretative and interactive galleries that explore the stories of the Titanic. It is the world`s largest Titanic exhibition.

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