Centenary of Titanic disaster remembered with theatrical bouyancy

Titanic - created by BASA
A glimpse of what is to come. The Titanic as created by members of the BASA for the centenary of the launch of the Titanic.

There are plenty of events the world over remembering and recreating the sinking of the Titanic this April. It has been 100 years since the unsinkable ship hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage, causing one of the most devastating maritime disasters in history.

Arguably, none of the events will be quite so innovative and theatrical as Adelaide’s upcoming tribute to the 1514 passengers who lost their lives in the tragedy.

To recreate the initial triumph of achievement and then the eventual tragedy by commemorating the sinking of the Titanic, the Australasian Balloon Association in conjunction with 1912 The Event will decorate and host an evening of entertainment dance and spectacular never seen before at Adelaide’s convention centre this week.

Australian and International Balloon Artists will work for 4 days creating the Southampton Wharf, The Titanic’s Grand Dinning Room in the magnificent Adelaide Convention Centre.

1912 The Event will be hosted by actors who will assume the roles of Captain EJ Smith, Architect Thomas Andrews and White Star Line Managing Director Bruce J Ismay. Attendees will taste the delights of the original menu from the fateful night and all dinning tables on the evening will be named after a Titanic passenger or crew member.

The Balloon Artists and Suppliers Association of Australasia will attempt the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest balloon drop in the world. This will simulate the iceberg and the Titanic sinking; their testament to the survivors and the lives lost. The evening will conclude with the singing of the hymn “Nearer my God to Thee”.

If you are in Adelaide, and are looking for a theatrical experience with a difference, check out 1912 The Event’s Centenary Celebration. If the subject matter doesn’t buoy your spirits, then the balloons certainly will.

 April 10th – 14th , public viewing Saturday 14th

Image courtesy of Balloon Artists 


Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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