“In the final hour of 14th April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic and infamous disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.” https://www.mayflower.org.uk/whats-on/titanic-the-musical-2018/
On Tuesday 17th April I went along to one of my favorite places in Southampton, The Mayflower theater with the Southampton Bloggers to see Titanic The Musical.
Obviously, most people have heard the story of the Titanic or seen the movie, so to hear it is now a musical might be a bit of a surprise. When I initially heard it was, I was a little confused as to how they could convey something like that on stage, let alone as a musical performance. I went in with a very open mind and was excited to see how this would be done and what story they would be focusing on, on first thought I assumed the Jack and Rose story line.
I was actually pleasantly surprised to find out the story was not the movie adaptation, which meant for me it was something new to experience. They focused on three stories of passengers, one from each class: 1st, 2nd and 3rd and honed in on the owner, captain and builder as to where the blame lied.
One of the most powerful parts for me, was after they represented the fatal collision with the iceberg was the aftermath of panic and blame between 3 of the most powerful characters. Throughout the first half, they really focused on the fact the owner wanted to go faster and the builder and captain going along with it- in order to impress. The focus was ensuring they were making history and that the 1st class passengers were having the experience of a lifetime, of course this ultimately neglecting everyone’s safety.
They were able to show all the characters as individuals and how it effected them on a wider scale. For me, this allowed me to connect as an audience member and see them as real life people, certainly cranked up the emotion.
Throughout, you really connected with each of these peoples stories so when the inevitable happen it was quite hard to sit and watch. They approached the crash and loss of lives in a very sensitive but powerful way- especially the end.
It reminded you that this was real and it there was real people involved. The surviving characters delivered some hard hitting lines a the end with a memorial board on stage.
I cannot recommend this show enough, it is a new way to see such a famous story and it makes your see it in a completely new light.
“A triumph. The day after seeing it I went back. It’s That Good.” The Times