Growing up in a house where the Police records were played on repeat, the style of Sting’s writing is one I am very familiar with. The Last Ship certainly didn’t disappoint with this.
After a successful UK tour, Sting’s new musical The Last Ship is a creative and emotional piece of art.
After leaving his life in a community of shipbuilders in Newcastle, the show’s a tribute to Sting’s own life. Gideon Fletcher represents Sting, who sails away in the navy. Fast forward 17 years, where Gideon finally returns home to find the town in a battle against the authority about the closure and fall of the shipping industry.
After leaving his love Meg behind, Gideon attempts to woo her on Gideon’s return only to find out that he has a daughter, Ellie.
Taking on the challenging role of Gideon with high expectations, ex-Corrie star Richard Fleeshman shines on stage and is a beautiful storyteller.
At moments throughout the show, Flesshman’s voice might remind you that of Sting’s, hitting the lower sections of the songs with gravitas and emotion, while remaining a bit raw.
Even though it’s set back in the 1980s, some of the issues and themes within the show are apparent in today’s society, which makes it all the more intense to watch.
I have to emphasise the fantastic lighting and projection designed by Matt Daw that takes the audience from the local pub to actually on the ship itself. Daw’s and Rob Mathes’ orchestrations are simple yet very effective in changing the scenes quickly.
The show is a beautiful piece of work, and it could be the next ‘Billy Elliot‘ – a show of solidarity and community spirit.