Steel in the stockyard, Iron in the soul, we’ll conjure up a ship where there used to be a hole
Sting’s musical, The Last Ship, finally returns to its home town of Newcastle. Re-written and re-designed for its UK premier, the show is brought to life by the set and video designs of 59 Productions.
Set during the Thatcher years, this political and passionate musical tells the story of Giddeon, a sailor returning home to Wallsend after 17 years away. He soon discovers the ship-building life he left behind in chaos, the yard is closing and no one knows what will come next. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm.
The Last Ship opens at Northern Stage on the 12th March 2018 and then heads on a tour throughout the UK.
Northern Stage Opening Date
12 March 2018
Northern Stage Closes
7th April 2018
“59 Productions’ designs are superlative, they intensify the drama and make us believe even when the action is less involving”
“The set and design by 59 Productions is magnificent. With the use of screens and projections, the world around us changes in a blink of an eye in the most beautiful and cinematic way”
“It also looks exceptionally handsome: the design, by 59 Productions, uses black and white projections to capture the gaunt grandeur of the shipyard girders against scudding clouds”
“Lorne Campbell, the artistic director of Northern Stage, has reworked the book for this new production, ditching some extraneous characters and subplots, and foregrounding only a couple of personal stories against the mighty backdrop of the shipyard, which is recreated in all its awesome height and depth by 59 Productions”
Music & Lyrics by
Writer & Director
Set & Video Design
Jarek Radecki, David Curtis
Assistant Set Designer
Video System Designer