For one night only Gunnedah’s Civic Theatre will take audiences on a journey to 1852 Port Melbourne, with Michael Veitch presenting the one-man show Hell Ship: The journey of the Ticonderoga.
The acclaimed production tells a story of tragedy, loss and heroism on board the emigrant ship Ticonderoga on a voyage from Liverpool to Victoria. Two weeks out to sea disaster strikes, with a deadly typhus epidemic claiming hundreds of lives.
Based on a historical maritime event, the play is told from the perspective of the young ship’s surgeon, played by Veitch, who bravely nursed many of the sick passengers back to health.
Gunnedah Shire Council Events and Engagement Officer Jacinta Cipolla said following the events of the past year, the historical tale of a pandemic and quarantine on board a ship hits a little closer to home.
“Hell Ship is at times a dark story, but is sprinkled with wry humour, hope and themes of courage, vision and even love,” Ms Cipolla said.
“In a twist, the audience will discover Michael Veitch has a unique personal connection to this true story.
“It’s fantastic to have performers like Michael Veitch bringing unique productions to Gunnedah. I encourage the community to come along and experience this little-known piece of Australian history.”
Hell Ship: The journey of the Ticonderoga will be performed at the Gunnedah Civic Theatre at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 25.
Those wishing to hear more about the production can tune in for a chat with Michael Veitch on 2MO at 8:30am, March 17.
Tickets are available for purchase at www.thecivic.com.au, over the phone on (02) 6740 2100 or in person at the Gunnedah Shire Council Administration Building and the Visitor Information Centre.
Caption: Michael Veitch performs his one-man show, Hell Ship: The journey of the Ticonderoga