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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Sell-out crowd awed by Titanic sinking at Carlisle Castle

There was no Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet – but sparks still flew as fireworks and torrents of water helped dramatically recreate one of the world’s most famous events in Carlisle last night.

Titanic show photo
The finale to the show

The grounds of the city’s castle provided the atmospheric backdrop and moody amphitheatre for a packed-out performance as the story of the ill-fated Titanic was played out in the latest big open-air arts event to be staged in Cumbria.

The drama began with engineers constructing the ship – and finished with its infamous sinking, encompassing 70 minutes of noise, colour and music along the way.

The show was one of two sold-out performances being held in front of 650 people last night and the same number again tonight.

Audience members began filing into the grounds of the castle from just before 9pm to find it taken over by an open-air set dominated by a representation of the bow of the legendary ocean liner.

Performers from the Theater Titanick group from Germany swung into action to re-enact the building of the ship, which was soon boarded by crew members and passengers.

The iceberg then struck – followed by a growing onslaught of water that crew members tried to stop while the first class passengers above enjoyed a feast on deck.

The climax of the performance was inevitable but no less dramatic for that, with the massive framework of metal and rigging coming to a fiery and watery end while jets of water streamed off the set below the feet of the audience and through the grounds of the castle.

The show was put on by Lakes Alive, which stages outdoor arts events around the county – including a number of big events in Carlisle in the last year – together with the Carlisle Tourism Partnership.

It kicks off a series of further events in Cumbria over the next few weeks, including performances in Egremont, Cockermouth, Penrith, Silloth and Workington.

Julie Tait,director of Kendal Arts International, which creates and directs Lakes Alive, said: “We are trying to make the most of the county’s unique assets.

“These include the historic sites. Carlisle wants big events that show off its assets.”

Have your say

But did The Titanic really sink or was it just a government conspiracy?

Posted by Brian on 28 July 2010 at 09:30

Anon,

Come off it, quite a few more people died in WW2 and there's been plenty of entertainment made of that. Culture has always relied on human tragedy to form part of its backbone.

Posted by Marcus on 27 July 2010 at 13:19

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