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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Not a problem that Titanic didn’t float my boat

I had been expecting Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Titanic show photo
The finale to the show

Instead I got Laurel and Hardy.

German company Theater Titanick’s production at Carlisle Castle last weekend was billed as an epic event; a portrayal of the life and death of the Titanic, compressed into 70 dramatic minutes. Several days on, I’m still not sure what it was.

Anyone bringing a hankie would have used it for wiping away spraying water rather than tears. Unlike James Cameron’s film, there was no attempt to wring emotion from the story of a disaster which claimed 1,500 lives.

Instead it was largely an exercise in slapstick.

The cast wore funny costumes and flew around the set, in a bath and in a little car which looked as if it had been nicked from Noddy.

The only dialogue was a few words shouted in German, except for a cry of “Iceberg!”, which is the nearest we got to a plot.

The show climaxed with fireworks, which felt like an attempt to bolt on an added extra for those, like me, who weren’t entirely impressed by what they’d seen.

But despite my misgivings, I’m glad I was there.

It felt good to support an attempt to bring culture to Carlisle and the production illustrated an appetite for theatre with more than 1,000 tickets sold for the two performances.

After too many nights spent watching formulaic TV, maybe being challenged and even confused is a good thing.

One audience member summed it up well as he stood up at the end and shrugged: “Got us out of the house, eh?”

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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