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Ghost Ships

25 Sep - 28 Sep 2024

Separately Ticketed

Ghost Ships

An Icon Theatre, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and Amina Khayyam Dance Company Co-Production, supported by The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

This major immersive theatre event, from award-winning Icon Theatre, recharts the history of Chatham Dockyard, asking who owns our history and what stories should we tell? 

Featuring explosive Hip Hop dance from Olivier Award winners ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and powerful Kathak from Amina Khayyam Dance Company, original live music, and the choral power of a monumental community ensemble, Ghost Ships illuminates true and untold stories of the extraordinary people who built and sailed the ships of Chatham Dockyard around the world. 

Ghost Ships explores the waters that connect past with present, borders with belonging, and people with place, looking at the impact of the Dockyard from its involvement in slavery and abolition to the loss and legacy of its 1984 closure and beyond. 

Inspired by newly uncovered research from people working at the Dockyard in its final days, Ghost Ships has been made with the communities of Chatham and features an ensemble of over 150 young people, residents and professional dancers performing together live on stage. 

Performed in the fortieth anniversary year of the Dockyard’s closure, this brand-new production has startling contemporary relevance. 

Icon’s previous shows 

★★★★ “Icon has achieved something remarkable…this is a theatrical treat”

The Stage
Icon’s previous shows 

★★★★ “A sharp, impeccably performed piece of theatre…simply terrific.”

The Times 
ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company’s previous shows  

★★★★★ “Every aspect of this production harmonises perfectly. It is a triumph”.

The Express
ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company’s previous shows  

★★★★ “A storm of a show”

The Guardian
Amina Khayyam Dance Company previous shows 

★★★★ “Powerful and Captivating”

The Scotsman 
Amina Khayyam Dance Company previous shows 

★★★★ “Powerful, poignant kathak dance… sharply stylized… dramatically alert, thematically rich and ultimately moving.”

The List 


Standard ticket are just £15.00 per person. Student & child tickets are £12.00. School and group rates are available.

Please be aware when booking your tickets, rows A & B are on ground level. Rows C & D are on a platform and have a stepped access (one step).

* Groups of 8+, 1 free with every 10 booked.
** Disabled visitors enter at normal price and one carer (with ID) can enter free of charge.

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standard entry


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Student (with valid ID)


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child (15 and under)


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Accessible seating


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School Group


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post show discussion

Friday 27 September

Learn more about the production, its history and how it was made in this 20-minute discussion straight after the show, with the company’s cast and creative team.  

Free to ticket holders.  

creative team

Director Nancy Hirst 
Choreography ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company led by Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe  
Associate Choreographer Amina Khayyam  
Composer and Sound Designer Serge Sainte Rose 
Music Director Tania Holland Williams  
Set and Costume Designer Sarah Jane Booth  
Dramaturg Hardial Rai  
Assistant Choreographer Will Pascua   
Historian Suchitra Chatterjee  
Dramatherapist Wabriya King 
Company of Dancers: Jane Chan (R&D Dancer), Robert Dunkley-Gyimah, Abirami Eswar, Jackie Kibuka, Rab McColl, D’jon McTernan, Shaq Shadare, Mohika Shankar, Jalpa Vala, Kyle Ralph-Walker. 
Cast Performed by our Community Cast, Community Choir, Icon Young Company, Participating Schools and Company of Dancers.  

Further creative team and cast to be announced. 

Ghost Ships was developed through a collaborative process with local Medway-based communities and groups including Sahara Foundation and Medway African and Caribbean Association.  

get involved

Join the Community Company & Community Choir 

Icon is looking for local people to join Ghost Ships Community Company and Community Choir. Be involved as a cast member, a singer or backstage. There are no auditions, no experience is necessary and it’s free to take part.  

Schools Workshops 

Free theatre workshops for Year 6 and upwards. Workshops are tailored to the curriculum and will focus on Brechtian theatre making techniques for those studying GCSE and A-Level. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Practical information

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Our supporters

Icon Theatre is supported by Medway Council and using public funding from Arts Council England.

Medway Council