The Boat Factory

Theatre

Drama

Various venues

Until Sat Aug 17 2013

The Boat Factory

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Linda Nevins

A universal story of hardship, graft and friendship - set against the backdrop of a Belfast shipyard. Fast paced and hard hitting, it will stir something in you from a time gone by - yet not so different to now. Dan & Michael consistently delivery heartfelt and spell binding performances. A must-go-see piece of theatre.

Noel Griffin

John Wayne or Garry Cooper? Dan and Michael vividly and effectively bring to life so many characters through great storytelling and physical theatre. One of the best pieces of theatre I have seen in years. Great acting, clever script, solid directing and very clever use of the set. While it tells the story of the Belfast shipyards it is a universal story of changing ways of live and industry and the economy moves on. I have seen it three times so far, the last time in Brussels June 2012 and would love to see it again. Got something new out of it each time. Catch it while you can or you will be sorry. Call me Ishmael.

Linda Hall

Theatre in its rawest form delivered with truth and integrity. Gordon captures the soul, hardship and industrial grit of the infamous Boat Factory in Belfast 1947.Extremely moving and thought provoking, a fast paced multi rolling story, that takes the audience on a brutally honest and emotional journey in the proud pursuit of construction of hopes and dreams. See it!

Linda Hall

Theatre in its rawest form delivered with truth and integrity. Gordon captures the soul, hardship and industrial grit of the infamous Boat Factory in Belfast 1947.Extremely moving and thought provoking, a fast paced multi rolling story, that takes the audience on a brutally honest and emotional journey in the proud pursuit of construction of hopes and dreams. See it!

Jennifer Grene

This is a beautiful play; it is sensitive, poetic, and yet wryly funny. Dan Gordon's tribute to the ship yard and to his father is both historically accurate and a delicate exploration of the intricacies of a father/son relationship. It is also incredibly well acted - a huge achievement.

Christina Nelson

What a show ! Excellent ,the audience are taken on an emotional roller coaster of a storey as we journey back in time to old Belfast and the shipyard .Absolute genius,beautifully written,powerful performance s .A great night out .loved it,a definite must see ,bring your dad .

Louisa McKenna

This is a WONDERFUL piece of theatre, and shouldn't be missed. It will make you laugh and cry in equal measure! An excellent evening's entertainment, and great talent. As someone originally from the leafy suburbs of Surrey, now living in Belfast, I can guarantee that you don't have to be from Northern Ireland to appreciate the universal message (or humour) of this play. It really is a great production. Enjoy!!

Stephen Beggs

I saw this show in Belfast. A really good night out. A great play and two wonderful performers. So many terrific characters. Lots of laughs and some very moving moments. If you get the chance to see this in London you won't be sorry!

Paddy Wallace

A wonderfully hilarious and moving piece of theatre, performed by two fantastic actors on the top of their game. The Boat Factory combines the informative with a gripping narrative. Each character is superbly defined and memorable, no matter how long they spend with us. The play highlights the beautiful idiosyncrasies of Northern Ireland, taking the audience beyond the usual stereotypes associated with the country and the people. The Boat Factory is universally appealing because it's anchor (pardon the pun) is in the connection the audience feels with the characters. A thoroughly enjoyable nighy! A must see!

JOAN HEWITT

I went to see "The Boat Factory" in Dunfanaghy while on holiday in Donegal a couple of weeks ago. What a fantastic performance from both actors and, I thought, a superbly written play. It gave me loads of laughs and yet the more serious elements almost made me shed a tear. How refreshing to hear those familiar east belfast phrases and the humour they bring. I wonder how those not from Belfast made of it all!! For my part, I would gladly go to see it again and I hope it runs for a long time.

Patrick Gregory

I often get criticised by my wife and daughter for not going to the theatre enough. Whether true or not, I can only tell you how glad I am that I did indeed go to the theatre for this. The Boat Factory, in the intimate setting of the King's Head in Islington, took me a world and a lifetime away to 1940s Belfast and the giant shipyards of Harland & Wolff: the yards which gave us the giant dream liners of another age. Dan Gordon and Michael Condron skipped their way through an emotional and intense - and funny - story of two young men in a hard world. The yards were a world of their won and I was brought into it for hour and a half on a sunny Sunday afternoon in London. I'm glad I was. It was magical and memorable.

Maynard Hanna

Brilliant theatre. A piece of drama that is educational, both sad and humourous yet very much factual. One finds oneself being absorbed onto the stage and into the various characters being portrayed by two clever actors each of whom possesses boundless energy and an obvious enthuisiasm in their work. A wonderful evenings entertainment, throughly enjoyed. TIME JUST FLEW BY.

Richard

I saw this in preview at the Kings Head with a few friends. All of us laughed and then cried. Beautifully written, powerfully acted. I can't recommend this highly enough. I go a lot to the Kings Head and this is the best thing they have had on there in years.

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