What’s On: Hell Ship

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Author, historian and celebrity MICHAEL VEITCH is bringing his one-man series Hell Ship to Brisbane’s Gardens Theatre on 22 & 23 March.

Hell Ship tells the true story of the emigrant ship Ticonderoga and her horrific three-month voyage to Australia, one of their most dramatic, yet currently abandoned chapters of Australia’s ancient maritime history. Hell Ship is a story of hardship and heroism, love and survival.

Hell Ship draws some very timely parallels to the present day. By the time Ticonderoga reached Aussie shores in 1852, it was a floating catastrophe with nearly 100 voyagers dead after a typhus outbreak. The ship and its passengers were quarantined off the coast for six weeks at a makeshift quarantine hospital (Point Nepean Quarantine Station) until the disease had run its course.

Written by and starring Veitch, Hell Ship tells the story of the tireless efforts of two people on board during the contagion: a young nurse and the ship’s doctor, who were Veitch’s great-great-grandparents, and features a stunning live soundtrack arranged and performed by his son, Thomas.

Showtimes and tickets are available from www.gardenstheatre.qut.edu.au

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