Ships in the Night was founded in 2014 by theatre-maker Sheryl Hill.
Sheryl is a director, producer and dramaturg, who, with Ships in the Night, makes work within both solo and collaborative processes.
New writing is at the core of the work and an ever-evolving interest in telling stories about the big issues happening within society now that need interrogating sooner rather than later.
The work is highly visual and playful; a love of experimenting with genre and all that theatre has to offer as a story-telling medium is something which defines the work so far.
The work of Ships in the Night is driven by a strong sense of social consciousness and the aim to have a positive, real world impact; for that work to have longevity and the ability to engage as many people as possible, which underpins Sheryl’s interest in the relationship between the subsidised and commercial theatre sectors.
An audience at a Ships in the Night production leaves the auditorium having connected to an issue; they do not sit there passively, destined only to go home and send a ‘tweet’. They leave feeling riled up; they have empathy for an experience outside of their own and they care about what happens next. They want to do something to make a difference.
“Growing up I was obsessed with the film, Jurassic Park; a love of a big action blockbuster and a fascination with the natural world which has never dwindled. In the film, Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, voices his objections to the theme park’s genetically engineered dinosaurs with the line ‘your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should’. Over twenty years later, this statement continues to spark my imagination.”