It is being billed as “the UK’s greatest unbiased floating theatre & cinema”.
That is Theatreship, a brand new non-profit arts venue in Docklands. The aquatic cultural centre in South Quay occupies a 305 tonne dry-cargo ship. Its former maintain is now a 100-seat cinema and theatre, full with bar and exhibition area.
The venue launches in on 24 January 2024 with every week lengthy celebration of the movies of Powell and Pressburger. Screenings embrace such classics as The Purple Footwear, A Matter of Life and Demise and Black Narcissus. Every will probably be supplemented with performances of recent work from modern artists, impressed by the films.
Going ahead, the venue will “have a good time a spread of artwork varieties: from western orchestral music to Bengali cinema; from classics of queer theatre to native modern artwork; from educational lectures to theatrical workshops for teenagers.”
Theatreship was initially generally known as Fiat. Launched in 1913, it notched up hundreds of nautical miles hauling dry cargo between the ports of northern Europe. Its earlier homeowners had already transformed the Fiat right into a theatre area, nevertheless it has been fully overhauled for its new operation.
Later this 12 months, the ship will grow to be a part of a miniature fleet with the arrival of Artship, “one of many final surviving Thirties diesel Coasters — a category of ship that after numbered of their hundreds”. The 2 boats, anchored at a brand new Arts and Heritage quay, will supposedly comprise “the biggest floating arts centre on this planet”.
One query we now have: will performers use theatrical or nautical terminology? Will they enter stage proper, or from the starboard deck? Will they retire backstage or astern? Both means, we anticipate the temper to be buoyant.
Theatreship opens on 24 January 2024. It is within the Millwall chopping, a really quick stroll from South Quay DLR.