NEW PERFORMANCES DATES – 27-28 NOVEMBER
Boy, we sure picked a year to tour a show about an epidemic! We’re not sure if it’s ‘life imitating art’ or the other way around, but are thrilled to still be bringing you the story of the Hell Ship to The Engine Room in Bendigo, where so much of the story took place. The team at the Engine Room have been absolutely wonderful and were so gracious in making the effort to move our dates from April to November 27-28 and to advise ticketholders of the change. So see you soon!
And so to the story:
After 170 years, Hell Ship restores a true Bendigo 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, and bringing Dr Veitch’s spirit back to Bendigo will be special indeed.
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.
After 170 years, Hell Ship at Bendigo will be an even not to be missed!