The Boat Factory

Belfast Harbour is delighted to welcome audiences attending The Boat Factory to the Harbour Office during its run from 20th October to 29th October. The play written by Dan Gordon and directed by Philip Crawford forms part of The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s. Parking is available for those attending the performance at Donegall Quay and is signposted with Belfast Harbour Event signage.

2nd of July 1947. The sun shines down on a post-war world. A 16 year old boy walks through the gates of Belfast’s Harland & Wolff Titanic Shipyard. 1700 ships were built between here and the Clyde, 67 different trades, 300 acres of land and 35,000 men employed at its height. Regarded as the biggest and best there is, if you can dream it – they can build it. 

This is history – this is his story – this is The Boat Factory. This acclaimed production, performed by Dan Gordon and Michael Condron, is staged in the magnificent surroundings of Belfast Harbour Commissioners’ Harbour Office, one of the jewels of Victorian Belfast.

“A skillfully crafted production which is wholly befitting of the Belfast men it celebrates. I marvelled, laughed out loud and cried sore – it quare took it out of me! The show left with me a new sense of pride about being born in Belfast and having grown up in the shadow of The Yard. Well done to all. Good on ye! “Andrea, audience member, Newtownabbey”

 “A rich and wonderful journey around the shipyard! This was a very accurate and authentic reflection of a wonderful place in time but most of all I have never laughed so much in years. Thanks” David, audience member, Belfast