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HMS Caroline to stage drama based on WW1 boy telegraphist diaries

HMS Caroline, the World War One light cruiser moored in Belfast, will become a walk-through theatre space for a new drama based on diaries of WW1 boy telegraphist William Crick.

The one-night-only production will take place on the 120m long vessel on Saturday, November 11.

Belfast drama company Belvoir Players will stage four performances of HMS Caroline: Through the eyes of a boy.

The play will take audiences back in time and on a journey through the ship into an immersive theatre performance.

Based on the diaries of boy telegraphist William Crick, who served on HMS Caroline during the First World War, the performance takes Cricks own words and brings to life key moments from his time on board.

Jamie Wilson, general manager of the HMS Caroline says the adaptation of the ship to a working theatre is a sign of the vessel’s versatility.

“HMS Caroline was built in 1914 and saw action in the 1916 Battle of Jutland and is now one of Belfast’s key cultural and legacy attractions," she said.

In the wheelhouse: Vince Vyce (who plays Charles Shepherd) and Jonny Brown (who plays Henry Johnston)

"Making use of the ship for cultural events is a natural fit because there are so many spaces of varying size on board.

"The Belvoir Players are making full and imaginative use of these spaces and the audiences will witness the highs and lows of life at sea, the sorrow following Jutland and the camaraderie of men living together amidst the uncertainty of war."

The play has been based on original archives and images from HMS Caroline to recreate key scenes and events from the lives of the people on board.

Performances are scheduled for 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Tickets: £15 adult, £8 concession.

Guests are asked to dress warmly and wear flat shoes.

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