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Jimmy Titanic

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Members say: Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny

About the show

Irish Rep presents this one-man comedy starring Colin Hamell as a Belfast shipyard worker named Jimmy Boylan, as well as more than 20 other characters whose lives were connected to the doomed ocean liner. More…

From his new home in a humorously rendered heaven, Boylan remembers and relives events surrounding the voyage every day, consumed by its legacy. God is a Dublin gangster. Angel Gabriel is the plucky keeper at the gates of heaven and Titanic’s legacy isn’t the first class passengers, it is 700 crewmen enjoying newfound stardom in heaven. Having gone down with the ship, Jimmy has rock star status and boy does he milk it. Flirting with angels, rewriting history with a direct line to an unlikely God – 'Jimmy Titanic' is a unique comic take on the story of the most famous ship ever built.

Member Reviews (34)


Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny

Great acting, Great accents, Historical fiction, One man

See it if You like historical fiction. You are charmed by Irish accents. Have lived in Ireland. You like minimalist productions.

Don't see it if You dislike one man shows. If you are looking to learn about Titanic.

Ambitious, Slow, Refreshing

See it if You want to see how many characters one actor can bring to life! It's an ambitious script for a one-man show and Mr. Hamell is engaging.

Don't see it if There are SO many characters that it is, at times, difficult to differentiate them.

During previews
Clever, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy one man shows with a talented actor who slides easily into different characters. Plus a funny look at the afterlife.

Don't see it if The humor and creativity of the afterlife was great, but the slog through memory often got bogged down and exhausting.

During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You like one-man shows, the Titanic and a lilting Irish Accent for much of it.

Don't see it if you dislike simplistic views of the afterlife. I found it very twee.

During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You will enjoy one man shows with great acting

Don't see it if You require costumes sets staging multiple Actors and a coherent storyline

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You enjoy one man shows and have some interest in the Titanic

Don't see it if You want a lavish production with a large cast, or have no interest in the Titanic

January 30th, 2018
"An unabashedly strange solo play...Stars an enthusiastic Hamell...Far shorter and more intimate than the 1997 Hollywood blockbuster, yet it manages to pack in just as much schmaltz...All of his characters are given distinctive voices and physicality...Unlikely to offer anything new to disaster a...
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February 6th, 2018
"McMullan creates some lively and unusual situations...Far too concerned with Jimmy's antics in heaven...These cutesy astral-plane comedy routines are jarringly out of sync with the passages focused directly on the Titanic disaster...As a result, the evening coasts on the skill of Hamel...
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February 2nd, 2018
"Hamell is a wonder to behold, moving energetically from one scene to the next in rapid-fire flashbacks, careening through time and place and running the gamut of emotion...McMullan, packs a great deal of substance into 75 minutes of play and he does it with a delicacy of storytelling that’s tita...
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January 31st, 2018
"Prepare to laugh and cry...No question that the piece has a serious underlining...The chief delight here comes from watching Hamell bring alive those 20-odd characters. He unabashedly dives in and inhabits crew members, the millionaire John Jacob Astor, a New York Times editor, the narrator, and...
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