In Icon’s signature style, this new production, exploring the history of Chatham Dockyard, will be created and performed by a company of over 150 professional performers, a community cast and young artists.

Using a mix of breath-taking visuals, exhilarating choreography from acclaimed ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company (SYLVIA, Old Vic; Message In A Bottle, West End) and Amina Khayyam Dance Company, spoken word and original new music, Ghost Ships will uncover the forgotten and hidden stories of a 400-year-old monument that has shaped our local and national identity.

Join the 'Ghost Ships' Community Company & Community Choir

Icon is looking for local people to join Ghost Ships Community Company and Community Choir. Be involved as a cast member, a singer or backstage. We are looking for people who like thinking about where they live, meeting new people, sharing stories and making theatre. There are no auditions, no experience is necessary and it’s free to take partAll Community Company members, will be required to sing in the show’s finale scene.

Rehearsal & Performance Schedule

The full rehearsal and performance schedule will be shared when you join us. Both the community cast and choir will be meeting from Saturday 29 June until the performances in September, at different points.

Where it is useful for you to attend all sessions, we understand this isn’t always possible.

If you have any further questions regarding rehearsal dates, please email Jemma Robinson on hello@icontheatre.org.uk

To Take Part & More Information

You can express your interest in joining the community cast or choir by filling in this form, or by contacting Jemma on:

Email hello@icontheatre.org.uk
Telephone 01634 813179

How We Make Shows

Mostly, Icon creates devised theatre shows in unconventional ways, and in hidden and forgotten spaces and places, everything from old forts to castles, riversides to car parks. You might remember our previous productions The Ballad of St John’s Car Park in St George’s Hotel, If Not Now at Rochester Castle and The Chatham Witch at Fort Amherst.

Generally, we bring a small idea or concept and invite local people and professional theatre-makers to create productions with us. We prioritise staging unheard local stories. Individuals, groups, schools and emerging artists get involved in way that suits them. They might offer their skills, their story or local history, take a leading role alongside a professional performer, support backstage creating costumes, or be part of a mass-dance routine that has been rehearsed in their school’s drama lessons.

The process usually begins with research and theatre-making workshops. Then, due to the large number of people who are involved, sections of the show are rehearsed separately, with everyone coming together for full company rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the performances.

'Theatre31 did a great job of making the children feel comfortable and you could see their confidence grow within the session!'
— Year 5 teacher, Queenborough School and Nursery, Sheppey
78% of the participating young people said they were more confident and had more friends as a result of the project
— Six Ways To Wellbeing, young people's wellbeing project
‘Icon Theatre has given me new friends, taught me new skills and challenged my lack of self-belief’
— Community Performer
★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific.’
— The Times
'Icon has been ahead of the curve in understanding that the arts have a role to play in bringing people together, helping them be heard by telling their own stories in their own way, and in the process creating a sense of pride in place and space.'
— Lyn Gardner, Theatre Journalist
'It was the first time I got to see drama as something for myself and something I could actively participate in and enjoy.'
— Tef - Icon Youth Theatre (Medway)

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