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The Unthanks & Richard Fenwick: Songs From The Shipyards Live

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In February 2011 we commissioned and staged a live audio visual event celebrating our region’s shipbuilding heritage in film and music. Songs From the Shipyards brought a century of archive film of shipbuilding on the rivers of the Tyne, Wear and Tees to vibrant new life, re-visualised byinternationally acclaimed filmmaker Richard Fenwick and presented live with a wonderful new musical score by Mercury Prize nominees The Unthanks. This extraordinary live event is now back at the Tyneside for performances this autumn, embarking on a live nationwide tour and being reinterpreted online as part of the Arts Council and BBC’s groundbreaking project, The Space.

This emotional and beautiful tale of pride, turmoil and the loss of a once-proud north-east industry is an absolutely unforgettable event and last year sold out in just a few hours, so don’t miss your chance to catch it now!

Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 October, 6.45pm/8.45pm

£12.50/£11.50 Concessions (Stalls)
£14.50/£12.50 Concessions (Circle)


The Space

We are delighted to be producing a reinterpretation of this work for The Space – Arts Council England and the BBC’s new cutting-edge digital arts website.

This groundbreaking new multimedia experience invites you to navigate the story of the shipbuilding industry in the North East through film, music, images and historical information.

A series of short films, arranged and edited by filmmaker Richard Fenwick with music by The Unthanks, provide the spine of the narrative which is enhanced by a wealth of additional films from national and local archives, newly commissioned work, photography and contemporary records, providing hours of online content to explore. 

Make sure you check out this unique interactive exerience, now available at Songs from the Shipyards on


Director(s): Richard Fenwick   Country of Origin: United Kingdom  Year: 2011   Running Time: 1hr 0 mins  

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Dan Smith said...

Can't wait for this! Five stars from me in advance...

5 years ago

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