New date for Heathcote – November 24
Well we sure picked a year to tour a show about an epidemic! Whether it’s ‘life imitating art’ or the other way around, we are thrilled to still be bringing you the story of the Hell Ship to Heathcote, near where so much of the original story took place. The team at the Engine Room in Bendigo have been absolutely wonderful and were so gracious in making the effort to move our dates from April to November 24 and to advise ticket holders of the change. So see you soon!
Ticket holders are currently being advised of the postponement.
After 170 years, Hell Ship restores a true Bendigo/central Victorian connection!
In 1852, at the height of the Gold Rush, the handsome emigrant clipper Ticonderoga arrived at Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay heads with a nightmare in her holds: one hundred of her mainly Scots passengers already dead, while nearly a hundred more would go on to perish in quarantine.
Half way through her 90-day voyage from England, deadly typhus fever had erupted across her overcrowded decks, spawning the name by which she would forever be known, the Hell Ship.
Hell Ship – the Journey of the Ticonderoga is a story of hope, and hope dashed; of courage, vision and bravery – a story of where we come from, and who we are.
It is also a love story between the heroes of the saga: a young ship’s surgeon on his first ever voyage who did his utmost for his sick passengers, and the young woman who volunteered to assist him when no-one else would.
That young man was Veitch’s great-great grandfather, James William Henry Veitch, and Annie Morrison – who would become his wife, and Michael’s great-great grandmother.
James Veitch would go on to settle in Bendigo, establishing schools and hospitals, serving on the council and become one of the great city of Bendigo’s most famous sons.
For Michael, Hell Ship is a very personal story.
Join Michael Veitch for another important and mesmerising one-man show. FLAK took us high in the skies of World War Two, and now we tread the decks of a creaky nineteenth-century clipper. It promises to be quite a journey.