Ship Ahoy Matey’s!

Last week saw the end of our very successful Ship Ahoy! season. Over the last month we presented a series of aquatic themed musicals along Belfast’s Maritime Mile: The Belfast Barge, HMS Caroline, SS Nomadic, Harbour Commissioners Office, Sinclair Seaman’s Church and the Titanic Hotel.

The Cathedral Quarter Choir were in fine voice at Sinclair Seaman’s Church getting the audience in the mood with such classics as Beach Boys ‘Sloop John B’ and Neutral Milk Hotel ‘Aeroplane Over The Sea’. Followed by a screening of On The Town which was introduced by Salty Seadog, Brian Henry Martin.

In the stunning surrounds of The Harbour Commissioner Office the EastSide Choir performed musical classics including ‘Hello Dolly’ before the screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes introduced by Chief Mate Robert J Simpson.

Very special guests Moana and Ariel (Event Heroes NI) delighted fans by popping along to the HMS Caroline on Saturday 9th November and the Belfast Barge on Sunday 10th November, for the screenings of Moana and The Little Mermaid. In the evening audiences laughed aloud to the hilarious Marx Brothers classic ‘A Night at the Opera’. Throughout November we also screened musical classics from the 1930s and 40s, Romance On The High Seas on the SS Nomadic and Show Boat on the HMS Caroline.

We ended the season in the beautiful Titanic Hotel Ballroom, screening Mamma Mia to a full house and audiences were treated to a live performance from The Big Belfast Choir of ABBA classics including Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen. A great night was had by all…there may even have been some dancing in the aisles!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this wonderful season of movies supported by the BFI. Thanks also to the Titanic Foundation for supporting these events which took place along Belfast’s Maritime Mile.

Screenings were part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.


Photography by @throughtheeyeofalens