Heritage Lagan Legacy - Greasepaint Eased the Way in the Shipyard

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LAGAN Legacy's maritime meanderings have chanced upon an unexpected document. It contradicts the traditional perception of shipbuilding; of huge steel hulks, immense corrugated iron sheds, scaffolding and cranes, with teams of men in caps studiously welding, riveting, hammering and hoisting.

According to the document, it wasn't all the smell of furnaces and the roar of machinery. It was also the smell of greasepaint and the roar of the crowds! The dusty document, dated October 1923, is a souvenir programme for the Queen's Island Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society's first season.

Two shows are on offer: Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, preceded each evening by The Inheritance.

The author of the latter was a Mr A.Inglis who, like the rest of the artistes and performers, was a member of the Harland and Wolff Recreation and Athletic Association.

There were two performances for six consecutive evenings in the Ulster Hall which is a substantial run for an amateur cast. …