The tale of fated liner is given a new, local twist

Director Karen Traynor and Noreen Rees looking at the script.
Director Karen Traynor and Noreen Rees looking at the script.

A surreal comedy about three people from North Shields who find themselves in first class accommodation on the Titanic is coming to the stage.

Playwright Noreen Rees and theatre director Karen Traynor have been working with residents of the Meadow Well Estate in North Shields to develop a play for the community.

Although respectful to the events around the disaster, the Unsinkable Meadow Well plays with stereotypes and also weaves in historical anecdotes gathered from users of the Cedarwood Project based on the Meadow Well Estate, who were responsible for commissioning the play.

Noreen said: “My original brief was to write a play about the history of the Meadow Well, but although there were many stories of family and community there wasn’t enough drama in these to create a play of any length.

“So we worked on creating characters and when one of the group suggested that the they end up on the Titanic, I could see that this had potential as a piece of theatre.”

A script-in-hand reading will take place on Wednesday, April 22, at 6.15pm, at the Jam Jar Cinema, Park Road, Whitley Bay.

Entry is free but there will be a raffle in the bar area afterwards. To reserve a free place, email noreenrees@hotmail.com or text 07960 180073.