Synopsis: In this autobiographical musical created by the rock musician Sting, young Gideon Fletcher leaves his hometown in Northern England to see the world, leaving behind his father, the shipyards, and the love of his life, Meg. He returns fifteen years later to find that the shipyard is about to be shut down and Meg is now a single mother working in the local pub. As the men try to come up with a plan to build “one last ship” before the yard closes, Gideon is drawn into the struggle at the same time that his feelings for Meg are rekindled.
Language: The men and women in the show are rough working-class people in a small coastal English town, and their language is correspondingly rough. There is a small amount of strong language in the show, including a number of uses of the old Anglo Saxon obscenity. The strong language in the show is almost always used for comic effect or to signal affection towards other characters.
The language includes “bastard,” “arse,” “shite,” “bollocks,” and ten variants of the word “fuck.”
Smoking/Drinking/Drug Use: Much of the story takes place in the local pub, so there will be scenes with drinking and smoking.
Violence: None to speak of. The townsmen occasionally brawl, but quickly settle their differences over a pint of ale.
For Which Audiences? The musical’s occasional strong language may be discomfiting to conservative audience members, and may make the show unsuitable for younger children. The musical will be of great interest to teenaged audiences, and adult audiences who can overlook the small amount of strong language. The show is probably not appropriate for children under the age of ten; children ten and over should attend at a parent’s discretion.
Rating: The show is PG-13 in its themes and storytelling; one recurring use of a four letter obscenity might tip the show into an R rating.
This production is sponsored by:
Wanda and Carvel Mattsson Memorial Fund