Runtime: 2h 10m
Veteran writer Ron Hutchinson has had plays performed all over the world and wrote the brilliant Rat in the Skull for the Royal Court. His latest has a family connection: his grandfather worked as a shipfitter on the ill-fated Belfast built Titanic. Set in 2012, four days after the ship sunk, it melds fact and fiction as Emma Hinton mourns the loss of her fiancé who was in the ship’s orchestra. But what really happened to the ship and who is responsible? Hutchinson explores our own contemporary concerns about fake news and conspiracy theories through a story that we think we all know, one which is over a century old but still very much part of the public imagination.
On board, Emma Heyer’s fiancé Henry has landed his dream job with the ship’s orchestra. But by 14th April the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic is at the bottom of the ocean and 1500 are dead. Tormented by conflicting theories as to why the ship sank and who might have benefited as a result, Emma decides to find out what really happened. A decision which leads her to the edge of her sanity. In the 36 hours after the Titanic sank, the cries of 'Fake news' and distraction tactics were already in play. Did the Titanic really hit an iceberg? Was the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic in fact an over-engineered liability rushed into service to satisfy a powerful and impatient owner? Was news of its loss delayed to allow its insurers time to hedge their losses, thereby removing any chance of a rescue? Ron Hutchinson’s new play delves into the heart of this compelling story. A World Premiere from the author of the multi-award winning stage plays, Rat in the Skull and Moonlight and Magnolias. Age Recommendation: 14+