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Hell Ship: The Journey of the Ticonderoga

23 November, 2021 - 28 November, 2021

Chester Creative presents

Hell Ship: The Journey of the Ticonderoga

23 – 28 November 2021

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‘…a must-see one-man show…’ Theatre People
‘…chilling…enthralling…theatre-goers listened with rapt attention…’ TheatreHaus
‘…A poignant tale with a vividly regenerated cast of characters. Michael Veitch does it all, brilliantly, and single-handedly…’Max Gillies AM



23 – 28 November 2021

opening night: Tuesday 23 November
duration: 80 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $40 – $45
bookings: 03 9662 9966

In accordance with government regulations, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption will be required for anyone over the age of 16 to enter fortyfivedownstairs.

In 1852, the handsome emigrant clipper ship Ticonderoga limped into Port Phillip Bay with a nightmare in her holds. On the 90-day voyage from England, a deadly typhus epidemic swept through her decks, taking nearly 200 of her 800 Scots passengers. Forbidden to enter Melbourne, the Ticonderoga’s passengers and crew were set down on a little beach inside the heads while the ship’s surgeon – assisted by a brave young Highland girl – did their best to heal and comfort.

One of the biggest stories of its day – now all but forgotten, Michael Veitch plays the surgeon in later life recounting the dramatic saga. But Hell Ship is more than just a maritime tale – the surgeon was Michael’s own great-great grandfather, and the young nurse his great-great grandmother.

Resonating powerfully with today’s world, and accompanied by original music performed by Michael’s son Thomas Veitch, Hell Ship is a story of hope, love and survival.

Written & Performed by: Michael Veitch

Directed by: Peter Houghton

Musician: Thomas Veitch (cello)

Michael Veitch

Performer, writer and broadcaster, Michael Veitch began his career during the heyday of 1980s Australian sketch comedy in such iconic shows as D-Generation and Fast Forward, before progressing to stage performance and newspaper writing. For several years, he presented the national TV arts program, Sunday Arts on ABC Television and broadcast across the country for ABC Radio.

He is the author of nine published books, one of which is of the same name, Hell Ship, and is also accompanied by an album recorded by his son Thomas Veitch and the divine Rosie Lane.

For the past several years, Michael has toured his original work nationally. Flak, Mystery in the Air and Hell Ship are all works of his own and Wilde Readings a piece celebrating the life of Oscar Wilde.

Ticket Prices:

Full: $45
Concession: $40


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members




23 November, 2021
28 November, 2021
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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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