Scottish premier of play commemorating Titanic at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio

 Scottish premier of play commemorating Titanic at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio

A new play to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, which was lost on April 15, 1912, is to have its Scottish premier at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio next week.

Based on the testimonies of survivors and called Heaven’s Gate, it tells the story of three people on board the doomed liner, their hopes, aspirations and dreams.

Each of the characters has a reason to survive, but they cannot all be saved and it is left to the audience to decide the ending of the play; who is to live and who is to die.

Written by Annie James, the drama asks the what part did luck play in the destiny of those who chose to travel on board the magnificent liner and allows the audience to settle the fate of the main characters.

Performed by actor and director Chris Begg and actors Jamie Rodden, Jamie Begg and Ryan Wyness, the play is presented by the new Quids In Theatre Company, based in the North-east, specialising in entertaining and stimulating theatrical experiences for children and adults.

It was formed last year by the husband and wife partnership of director Chris Begg and production manager Anne-Marie Begg .

The company performed both Kreestan Sennakie’s Magical Story Emporium and John McKay’s Dead Dad Dog at Edinburgh Festival Fringe last August before successfully touring both productions in the autumn. This was followed by a multimedia production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, which played in nine local venues over the festive period.

They will take Heaven’s Gate to this year’s Edinburgh Festival before touring cities associated with the Titanic - Southampton, Liverpool, Cobh, Belfast, New York and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Tickets for Heaven’s Gate at The Lemon Tree Studio on Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20, are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Wednesday 11 April

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