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Hell Ship: The Journey of the Ticonderoga

23 November - 28 November

Chester Creative presents

Hell Ship: The Journey of the Ticonderoga

23 – 28 November 2021

(rescheduled from 8 – 13 June 2021)

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‘…a must-see one-man show…’ Theatre People
‘…chilling…enthralling…theatre-goers listened with rapt attention…’ TheatreHaus


23 – 28 November 2021

opening night: Tuesday 8 June
duration: 80 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $40 – $45
bookings: 03 9662 9966

In 1852 the Ticonderoga was a handsome clipper ship with a nightmare hidden in its holds. She limped into Port Melbourne after a nightmare voyage from England in which nearly 200 of her passengers had died of Typhus.

A story almost lost, this is a true moment of Australian maritime folklore. Journey though hopes of a new world, then almost smell the rotting stench of them slipping away. All the time travel the themes of family, of grit and of courage – and love.

A young surgeon is thrust into the role of saving those left – and he did with a dedicated assistant at his side. This man was Michael Veitch’s great great Grandfather and his assistant, Annie Morrison his great great Grandmother. For Michael, this is a very personal story.

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
28 November
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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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