At 5:30pm on Saturday 5th January 2019, The Ship That Never Was preformed it's 25th anniversary show, at the Strahan Primary School, where it began it's long west coast run. Around 600 people turned up to watch the play on a perfect summer day.
Written and directed by Tasmanian playwright, Richard Davey, for Breadline Theatre Company, the original production was performed in 1985 at the Peacock Theatre in Hobart with a cast of ten actors. For the next ten years, an ever-changing cast of six actors performed the play at various festivals and events around Tasmania and Melbourne.
In 1994, Richard Davey was invited to bring The Ship That Never Was to Strahan. Rewritten for 2 actors, The Ship That Never Was has been performed in Strahan ever since. June 2018 marked our 6500th performance, and over 90 actors have been involved in the production since it's creation, including many west coast locals.
The highlight of our history here in Strahan was celebration of our 25th anniversary on the west coast, and our 34th anniversary since the original production in Hobart.
Many thanks to the actors, crew, production team, friends, locals and local businesses for all their efforts to making the day a great success, and for supporting The Ship That Never Was over the years.