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S is for Sting and The Last Ship

The Last Ship was initially inspired by Sting's 1991 album The Soul Cages and Sting's own childhood experiences, particularly his relationship with his father who had been an engineer in a family of shipwrights.


It tells the story about community and the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the town's Swan Hunter shipyard.


 "I did everything in my power to escape Wallsend... I became successful, but I owe a debt to that community. This play is me trying to honour that community, trying to pay back what they gave me -- a sense of self but also the engine that allowed me to escape. That's the strange paradox. I love where I come from, I'm glad I escaped, at the same time I need to tell that story as a sort of 'soul debt'."


The Last Ship


The Last Ship - 0:55 Shipyard - 6:38 Gideon Song - 15:23 And Yet - 16:36

August Winds - 20:22 What have we got? - 24:02 Practical Arrangement - 29:39

What say you Meg? - 35:23 Dead Man's Boots - 39:55 Big Steamers - 43:56

Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint - 47:18 So to Speak - 56:32

Show Some Respect - 1:00:27 Underground River - 1:05:28 Reprise - 1:13:08



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