Forum’s Titanic show heading to China

Martin Bradley (Derry Theatre Trust Chairperson), Sonia Whitefield (Arts Council NI), Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, James Keegan (Titanicdance) with the cast of Titanicdance pictured before they leave for China where they will perform at the Qinghai Grand Theatre in West China.
Martin Bradley (Derry Theatre Trust Chairperson), Sonia Whitefield (Arts Council NI), Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, James Keegan (Titanicdance) with the cast of Titanicdance pictured before they leave for China where they will perform at the Qinghai Grand Theatre in West China.

The Millennium Forum’s Irish dance musical extravaganza, Titanicdance, will journey across the world for its inaugural visit to China later this month.

The hit show will perform as part of the China International Folk Arts Festival at the Qinghai Grand Theatre in West China’s Qinghai Province, which takes place next week.

This is the first Millennium Forum production to be performed on an international stage and the production has also been booked for America in November.

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, launched Titanicdance from Derry’s City Walls yesterday ahead of its epic voyage east.

Producer and Chief Executive, David McLaughlin said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase this incredible show to a global audience. I was overwhelmed by the dedication and talent of the production team on Titanicdance, all of whom, have worked tirelessly to bring this unique show to this level.

“Both our Branson, US dates and now our China shows will allow people to experience this wonderful production first hand. We’re very excited to be bringing Titanicdance to the world as we truly believe in our show.”

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added: “The Arts Council is delighted to support this production from the Millennium Forum as it tours to China. This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase work developed in Northern Ireland to an international audience, highlighting and celebrating the immense creativity we have in the region.”

Titanicdance is an Irish Musical Dance production that tells the story of the world’s most famous ship from its beginning in the Belfast shipyard to its tragic end in the Atlantic Ocean.

The production opened at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast in 2014 to standing ovations, before enjoying a sell-out run at the Millennium Forum in Derry.