Performed by Michael Veitch
A sea voyage. A tragedy. A love story.
In 1852, the emigrant vessel Ticonderoga limped into Port Phillip Bay after a nightmare voyage from England in which a quarter of her nearly 800 passengers and crew had died from typhus.
As its victims — Scottish families seeking a new life — were buried hastily at sea, schools of sharks, it was said, followed the stricken vessel all the way across the Indian Ocean.
When news of the ‘fever ship’ reached Melbourne, the city went into a panic. Typhus could wipe out a crowded city such as theirs — just the mention of the word filled people with dread.
Special editions of the papers were printed to tell the grisly story of the ill-fated vessel to transfixed readers. Forbidden to come into port, Ticonderoga was forced to anchor near Portsea where her remaining passengers were either nursed back to health or allowed to die.
In its day, the Ticonderoga was the most dramatic, most tragic true story of our maritime history.
Today, however, the saga is largely forgotten as has been the story of the young ship’s surgeon who bravely nursed many of the sick passengers back to health.
This man was Michael Veitch’s great-great-grandfather, James William Henry Veitch.
Michael Veitch is renowned for his artful and tender characters and ability to transfix an audience with a sense of awe as they enter the world he so powerfully creates on stage.
EARLY BIRD available until 21 January 2020
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes no interval
AUDIENCE ADVICE: Moderate language, ages 15+
Friday 21 February 2020 – 8pm
Saturday 22 February 2020 – 2pm
Saturday 22 February 2020 – 8pm
Concession & Groups 8+: $50
Under 25: $27
Early Bird (available until 21 Jan 2020):
Concession & Groups 8+: $45
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