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The Boat Factory
On from 23 Jul 2013 till 17 Aug 2013
King's Head Theatre
by Dan Gordon
Genre(s): New Writing

Tickets: £10.50 - £25.50 / (£16.75 concessions)

About: The Boat Factory

July 1947. The sun shines down on a post-war world. A 16 year-old boy walks through the gates of Belfast’s Harland & Wolff Titanic Shipyard. 1700 ships built between here and the Clyde, 67 different trades, 300 acres of land and 35,000 men employed at its height. Regarded as the biggest and best there is, if you can dream it – they can build it. This is history – this is his story – this is THE BOAT FACTORY. Performed by Dan Gordon and Michael Condron, directed by Philip Crawford, this poignant, entertaining and uplifting new play has already proved a big hit with audiences and critics.


“Moving, funny, touching, risky, rude and handsome. Dan Gordon’s play has grown into an extraordinary evocation of a city in a century. The many voices of the script carry echoes of other places, other worlds, other epics, but return eventually to the home place and the amazing eloquence of ordinary people living lives of racy, bracing power and great delicacy of skill.” – Damian Smyth, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

“Dan Gordon’s brilliant two-man play constructs a picture of boat-building, male friendship, hardship, humour and heroism as carefully as the men they portray built the Titanic” – Belfast Telegraph

“Pitch perfect performances...and imaginative staging” – The Stage

“a remarkable piece of theatre which pays tribute to the workforce which wove Harland and Wolff’s shipyard into the fabric of Belfast life” – Edinburgh Guide

“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

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