The Ship That Never Was – Special Event 5th January 2019
Australia’s longest running play is turning 25!
On 5th January 2019, The Ship That Never Was will be performing it’s 25th anniversary show, at the Strahan Primary School, where it began it’s long run on Tasmania’s west coast.
The Ship That Never Was tells the story of ten convict shipwrights from the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement on Sarah Island, who stole the last ship built at the settlement and made their escape to Chile. After living in Chile for a year, four convicts were handed back to the British, to be transported once again to Van Diemens Land. Put on trial in Hobart for ‘Piracy and Mutiny’, the four convicts are due to be hanged… BUT manage to wriggle out of it!
Written and directed by Tasmanian playwright, Richard Davey, for Breadline Theatre Company, the original production was performed in 1985 at the Peacock Theatre in Hobart with a cast of twelve actors. For the next ten years, an ever-changing cast of six actors performed the play at various festivals and events around Tasmania and Melbourne.
In 1994, Richard Davey was invited to bring The Ship That Never Was to Strahan. Rewritten for 2 actors, The Ship That Never Was has been performed in Strahan ever since. June 2018 marked the 6500 performance, and over 90 actors have been involved in the production since it’s creation.
This fun, interactive, family entertainment is performed at The Richard Davey Amphitheatre at 5:30pm seven nights a week from September to May.
The highlight of our history here in Strahan will be the celebration of our 25th anniversary on the west coast, and our 34th anniversary since the original production in Hobart.
Everyone is welcome, so come and join our celebrations on 5th January 2019.
Date: 5th January 2019
Venue open: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Show time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm (with an interval)
Venue: Strahan Primary School, 2 Bay St, Strahan