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  • By: Three’s Theatre Company & Studio Sykes
  • Location: Thompson Dry Dock
  • When: 26 – 29 September 2024
  • Creative Me Profile: City Explorer

This September you are invited to journey 40 feet below sea level to the iconic dock where Titanic was launched, where you will experience immersive display of light, shadow, colour and sound, to see and feel the world around you from a new perspective.

Developed in partnership with designer Henry Sykes and Three’s Theatre Company, you are invited to explore the built, and forgotten, heritage of Belfast and discover its creative future. Watch and listen as our team of performers, composers, and lighting designers transform this magnificent structure from an empty void into an immersive space filled with light, colour and sound.

Our story begins above ground, peering over the edge of the dock surrounded by the bustling harbour, before journeying down 40 feet below sea level into the still and empty void below. As you move from observer to participant, your perspective alters as your impact on the world is played out on the vast surfaces surrounding you.

Visitors will be guided along the dock wearing headsets with an original sound score by Katie Richardson and other stories. This immersive experience encourages visitors to embrace the power of shared and unexpected moments.

Shadowdock is designed to capture the essence of what Belfast 2024 is all about; to reconnect people with their city, engage positively with the world around us and inspire others to think creatively.

This project is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players and is part of Our Future Heritage portfolio of projects which help us all enjoy and understand Belfast's heritage.

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