Songs from the Shipyards is a beautiful and powerful audio visual work that traces the story of the shipyards through a new 60 minute film, accompanied by a new score from The Unthanks, performed live.
Commissioned by and first performed at Tyneside Cinema, Songs from the Shipyards tells the story of the rise and fall of the shipbuilding industry and it's impact on the lives of so many people in the 20th century; a beautiful and moving illustration of Britain's industrial journey in microcosm. The film performance is a unique event that brings archive film of the UK's shipyards and rivers to vibrant new life, re-visualised by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Richard Fenwick. Continuing their journey as England's most innovative and adventurous folk band, Mercury award nominees The Unthanks perform live to the film, combining the folk songbook of the shipyard industry with new compositions and compelling arrangements.
While the footage focuses on the North East yards of the Tyne, Wear and Tees rivers, there is also film footage from the UK's other major shipyards. Moreover, the tour of this very special event takes in town and cities with historical links to shipbuilding; places where the rivers and seas were the the life blood of the community for many years. The tour also marks the release for The Unthanks of the music from the film: Diversions Vol. 3 - Songs from the Shipyards.
Bar food is available for before the show.
Tickets: £12.50 adv, £15 door